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Florian Lejeune posts personal update and photo after operation in Rome

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Florian Lejeune has had his operation.

The defender having suffered an ACL rupture in his left knee against Crystal Palace 11 days ago.

Terrible bad luck as pre-season he had an ACL rupture on his right knee.

Rafa Benitez has said he hopes to have Florian Lejeune back in four to five months after the operation.

Rafa having used Professor Pier Paolo Mariani in Rome for a number of players previously, including Lejeune on his left knee last year.

Florian Lejeune has now posted a message on social media from his hospital bed after the operation on Wednesday:

“My operation went well.

“Now it’s time to be patient, work hard and come back stronger.

“Thank you Pr. Mariani.”

The Mag – 12 April 2019:

Florian Lejeune will return to Rome for surgery on his knee.

Professor Pier Paolo Mariani will once again operate on the Frenchman after he ruptured his ACL in the left knee against Crystal Palace.

The same surgeon having operated after Lejeune did the ACL in his right knee in training last pre-season.

In October, Rafa Benitez talked (see below) about the French defender’s comeback and said that in the past this type of injury could take nine months before a player returned but with this surgeon you could hope for ‘between four and six months’ before you might be back playing.

The Newcastle manager having used Professor Pier Paolo Mariani to operate on injured players at previous clubs, as well as for an operation on Rolando Aarons, before Florian Lejeune last summer.

Speaking on Thursday, Rafa is anticipating that without complications, Florian Lejeune will be back playing ‘between four and five months’ time.

Four months from now would be exactly the start of the 2019/20 season.

As a guide, these were some of Lejeune’s milestones on recovery from the ACL in his right knee:

8 August 2018: Surgery in Rome

1 October 2018: Lejeune posts photo on instagram showing him training alone with a ball

22 November 2018: Pictured training with the rest of the squad

7 December 2018: Rafa says could have included Lejeune in squad for Wolves match (9 December)

10 December 2018: Starts for reserves and plays first half in 2-1 win v Norwich

2 January 2019: Named on bench v Man Utd

5 January 2019: Starts and plays full 90 minutes in FA Cup 1-1 draw with Blackburn

12 January 2019: Starts and plays full 90 minutes in 2-1 Premier League defeat at Chelsea

Reading what Rafa Benitez has had to say and looking at is comeback from the right knee injury, the very best outcome could see Florian Lejeune just maybe make the plane to China for the Premier League Asia Trophy in mid-July (games to be played 17 July and 20 July), if he is back in full training.

Rafa Benitez 11 April 2019:

“Hopefully, it (Florian Lejeune recovery) will be between four and five months, if everything is fine.

“But you have to wait and see what the surgeon is saying.

“It is just bad luck.

“He (Florian Lejeune) is OK.

“The first couple of days he was a little bit down but he knows what he has got to do.”

Rafa Benitez 12 October 2018:

“In the past this injury could be nine months (to recover from) but in our experience with this surgeon (Professor Paolo Mariani) it takes less, between four and six months.

“Depending what is going on and if we have any complications.”

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