Much needed positive news from Florian Lejeune on Sunday
Centre-back may not instantly be the position you instantly worry about at Newcastle United but Florian Lejeune is, in my opinion, clearly Newcastle United’s best defender.
As well as his defensive qualities, the Frenchman is excellent on the ball.
However, he has been doubly unlucky with injuries.
Picking up an ACL injury ahead of last season, then after coming back in January this year, after 12 Premier League games back he then did the other knee with the exact same injury, in the defeat to Crystal Palace in April.
Happily though the 28 year old’s life could be back on the up now.
In an interview with the club published on Sunday morning, Florian Lejeune says he is only a week or two from coming back to training, providing his specialist gives the all clear and there are no setbacks.
At least with decent other options in the position, there is (touch wood) no need to rush Lejeune back into the team, so it should only happen when he is nice and ready.
What is for sure is that when Florian Lejeune is available again, it will lift the quality of the Newcastle United first eleven.
Florian Lejeune talks about picking up the second injury to the official club site:
“Why me, why this for a second time?
“I’d worked so hard to come back so quickly and now I’d be out of action for a long period once again. I’d been feeling good about my own performances and form, plus the team was on a winning run.
“So, to have put in such a big effort to come back and to win my starting place in the side once again; all that made it very hard to take. Having to start out again on the comeback trail was tough.
“I actually cried at that point. Emotionally I just let myself go and then when I was back in the dressing room I knew exactly what I had done, even though I was yet to have a scan. I knew what it was, and I had to say to myself, more rehab and more hard work on the road to regaining fitness.
“Subconsciously, you start asking yourself lots of questions. You say to yourself, maybe I came back too quickly, maybe other things, lots of things really.”
“It’s been very, very difficult, it’s very tough to not be part of things. I had to come here to train on my own and then just watch as the lads would set off for their pre-season games.
“Back then I did go along to all the games at the stadium, but yes, it is hard to just watch. At least the first few minutes were hard to watch, and then I would settle down a bit more.
“I always give one hundred per cent in all I do. If I need to be in here all day then that’s what I do, stay here. It’s not whether I have put more effort in this time, but just that the second time is different.
“I have a routine, but that routine is really tough each month. It’s hard to explain but, at the end of the day I’ve given it my all. I come in early, I have all the rehab, physio and then stay indoors doing my gym work.
“I’m then out on the pitch, I stay here at lunch time, then I have more physio, then go back in the gym. I’m here at the training ground a lot!”
“I’m due to go back to Rome next week to get the green light.
“Then after that it will be another week or two until I am training back with the squad.
“I’ve been kicking the ball for quite some time now. I began doing a bit of ball work after the first month in Rome. During that second month I was working with the ball and starting to kick out on the pitch that the clinic has.
“The fact that is I already have a good strong mentality and now after these two injuries I think that my mindset is even stronger.
“I think that I have done everything that I possibly could have done to make a full recovery in as short a period as possible.
“Now we are just a few weeks away and, right at the start, it seemed like an age ago.”
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