Salomon Rondon was brought in this summer by Rafa Benitez as his new best hope for goals this season.

The Venezuelan striker arriving as part of a swap loan deal that saw Dwight Gayle going the other way for the duration of this season.

Coming on as a sub against Spurs and then starting in the Man City and Chelsea matches, it was a tough beginning to his Newcastle career.

The forward doing well in a lone role, with the promise of better to come once he got fully fit and Newcastle started playing lower placed teams.

He did excellent work when making Yedlin’s goal at Man City, whilst off the bench as a sub in the League Cup at Forest, he produced a superb finish which promised better to come.

Then came Palace two and a half weeks ago, Salomon Rondon only lasting 45 minutes before a thigh injury forced him off.

Whilst Rafa Benitez stated that the striker would miss at least a couple of weeks, when Newcastle released an official statement about the injury, you feared the worst.

They said that they would have to wait and see what the extent of the injury was but normally when the club go to the bother of a special announcement like that, it almost always ends up being a lengthy spell out.

However, it appears to be better news on Tuesday afternoon, as Salomon Rondon has posted a video (see below) of him working out at the gym, along with the comment “Time out… but I never stop!”

I’m no medical expert but it suggests to me that the club and player must be hoping/confident that rest and strengthening exercises can sort the problem out, plus the international break helping, as by the time Newcastle line up against Brighton, it will have been four weeks since he picked up the injury.

Rafa Benitez actually revealed when the player picked up the injury, that Rondon had never been fully fit since arriving at the club. So fingers crossed that these four weeks will have got him sorted.

Yoshinori Muto looked very good on Saturday at Old Trafford and with a fully fit Salomon Rondon alongside him, there could just be the hint of a more potent attacking side to NUFC in the near future.

Newcastle United official announcement – 27 September 2018:

Salomón Rondón will miss Saturday’s match against Leicester City after sustaining a thigh injury during last weekend’s draw at Crystal Palace.

The Venezuelan striker, who is on a season-long loan from West Bromwich Albion, was withdrawn from the match at Selhurst Park at half time.

Rondón is undergoing treatment with the Magpies’ medical team and further assessment of the extent of the injury will be made in due course.

  • Peaky

    100% another Slimani….should stick with Muto….

    • Ram Kishore

      We will never know whether he will be until the end , but he’s played more minutes than Slimani in just few weeks, scored a goal and provided an assist

  • texfitz

    So our iconic number 9 is a loan player sick note who looks like he’s not up for the fight! He can find time to play full international games – but not for the club whose paying his wages. He’s not really too bothered though as he’ll be away back to West Bromwich Albion when they get promoted – Dwight Gayle will also give us the two fingers! And if I’m honest, I wouldn’t blame him..

  • BigHairyDog

    He looked heavy, not so much there so may be Rafa has him on a diet.

  • wheyayeman

    “we feared the worst”…nowt to fear with the toon anymore the worst has already been in residence for 11 steaming hot pile of sh*t years. I feel absolutely no affiliation with any of these Ashley borrowed players and they feel absolutely no affiliation the last vestiges of what was once known as Newcastle United.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      Sad to say but kind of get what you’re saying. This season for first season ever I feel more disconnected from the club than ever. Its first season I did not renew and at tomes I feel no pull towards it like a light is gling out I never thought would happen. There isnt a big pull to have to know whats happening. Ashley is a horrible cancer and the day he leaves a massive black cloud will lift. I thonk the scenes will be amazing snd the life that will pour back into the club. There has always been optimism with NUFC its a goerdie thing but it is nowhere near what it should be.

    • wheyayeman

      I feel no shame in not attending and I feel no judgement to those who do. That’s the problem, I feel nothing. Once he’s gone I’m open to being won over again I know I want to be but know this, the club can’t take us for granted any more if we care at all we must also be respected and appreciated – something KK, Robson and Rafa get but the whole club in future must hold together so we can become what we were always meant to be. In the meantime I cannot get behind this rotten shell of a club in any way.