Great news to see Florian Lejeune back out on the training pitch.

When the Frenchman picked up that bad pre-season injury, it was reported he could even miss the whole season.

Even the best estimates thought early 2019 would be the most optimistic scenario.

The player himself has been giving optimistic updates via his own social media and Rafa Benitez has said how pleased he has been with the progress.

As they usually do before upcoming matches, the club have released a gallery of photos showing the squad training ahead of Burnley.

This is the first time Florian Lejeune has featured so far this season but clearly he won’t be match ready for some time, whilst also unclear just how much the defender would have joined in with the rest of the squad.

Also spotted in the training shots is Yoshinori Muto who has been out injured. It was reported he could be still missing for Burnley but maybe this suggests he has a chance.

Rondon and Yedlin can’t be spotted on the photo gallery but no surprise there as they would have been the last first team players to return from international duty.

However, there are three players who stand out because of their absence from the training shots.

Paul Dummett is missing, but after returning home injured from international duty, the club are said to be still waiting to see how serious the injury is.

The two players who haven’t been on international duty though and who can’t be seen, are Jonjo Shelvey and Jamaal Lascelles.

This is surely a big worry as their return from injury was anticipated by most supporters.

It doesn’t completely rule them out but does point to them being likely to miss Monday.

  • Geoff

    Well, we certainly don’t lack at centre-half. It’s frankly infuriating. If you could add ONE of Lejeune, Lascelles, Fernandez or even Clark to any of the half-decent Newcastle teams of years gone by (or hopefully in the post-Ashley future), it would constitute a significant upgrade. And with Rafa’s excellent defensive coaching, we genuinely have a top-notch defence. Light on cover in the fullback positions, badly, but at CB we’re as good as I’ve known. But a solid defence is worse than useless if you are not consistently able to compete in the midfield and threaten at the other end. If the other team is allowed to attack endlessly without having any fear of being scored against, they will score… It’s a mess. I only hope we end up with players half as good as Lascelles/Lejeune/Fernandez in our defence when we actually become a competitive club once more.

  • Wor Lass

    According to many experts on here Jonjo and Jamaal aren`t a patch on Ki and Schar respectively and Dummy isn`t worth a light because he doesn`t play like Stanley Matthews going forwrd – so what`s the problem?

    • Kenny

      they don`t actually watch the games, it`s either that or they know sweet
      FA about football.

      • Wor Lass

        Bit of both, I think!

    • Rich Lawson

      Fairs fair tho’ Stan was 50.

  • 5floorshigh

    CB’s we are more than ok for cover, full backs we are not and also we need to resolve the holding/defensive midfield position…SloMo is useless…wonder if Schar would be worth a go ?

  • Kenny

    Lascelles, Jonjo & Dummet will be a big miss if they are out injured

    • Carverlier football

      I’d rather they were available but we did alright without the first two against Bournemouth. Given the alternatives I think Dummett might be the biggest miss…

  • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

    Will be interesting to see what happens when Lejeune is fit. Been impressive after a brief settling in period when he signed. Fernandez has been our best player this season (along with Shelvey).

    No way would we drop Lascelles?

  • Wezza

    Like a new player.
    Goodbye Lascelles.