Rafa Benitez update on Florian Lejeune injury
Defeat against Crystal Palace was a blow to Newcastle United but yesterday’s events were far more serious for Florian Lejeune.
The defender was involved in an innocuous challenge with 25 minutes to go but his distress was immediate.
You can often tell how bad an injury is by the reaction of the other players and those on both sides went straight over to the stricken defender and signalled to the referee/bench that he needed assistance straight away.
Rafa Benitez has given an update to the club’s TV channel about the injury after Florian Lejeune left St James Park on crutches.
The manager revealing that it is the opposite knee this time, after he had a cruciate ligament operation on his right knee last summer after a freak injury in pre-season.
Rafa Benitez is waiting for when scan results will be available but stated ‘It seems serious, it seems bad.’
Really bad luck for the Frenchman who is arguably Newcastle’s most reliable defender, Fabian Schar may have more ability bringing the ball out of defence but Florian Lejeune is probably the better at defending, plus very reliable with his passing.
It remains to be seen whether Rafa Benitez will carry on with his three centre-back system now Lejeune is set to miss at the very least, the rest of the season.
Looking for any positives is difficult but if it does prove similar to his right knee injury, Florian Lejeune confounded a lot of people by returning to play first team football in just over four months. So maybe optimism he could at last be back in time for around the start of next season if this one proves as serious.
Rafa Benitez talking to NUFC TV about Florian Lejeune injury:
‘Florian Lejeune seemed to go down in a lot of pain. What kind of update can you provide on his situation?’
“He had a cruciate ligament problem in his right knee (last year).
“In this case it is the left knee.
“We don’t know at the moment how serious.
“It seems serious, it seems bad.
“But we have to wait and see what the doctor says.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 Crystal Palace 1
Milivojevic 81 (Pen)
Possession was Palace 46% Newcastle 54%
Total shots were Palace 3 Newcastle 18
Shots on target were Palace 1 Newcastle 5
Corners were Palace 4 Newcastle 9
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune (Dummett 65), Ritchie (Atsu 90), Hayden, Ki (Shelvey 76), Almiron, Perez, Rondon
Darlow, Fernandez, Muto, Manquillo
Crowd: 51,926 (Palace 1,400)
(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Newcastle’s defeat to Palace HERE)
(After the defeat Rafa Benitez revealed he is nowhere near agreeing a new contract with Mike Ashley – read HERE)
(Dubious Roy Hodgson comments HERE after beating Newcastle United)
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