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Newcastle United official announcement confirms Florian Lejeune to play first game in 6 months

1 year ago
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Great news on Florian Lejuene.

An official club announcement has revealed that the French defender will step back onto a football pitch for the first match action in six months.

Florian Lejeune last played on 6 April 2019 when he picked up another serious knee injury, in the NUFC home defeat to Crystal Palace.

NUFC say that the defender will turn out for the Under 23s (reserves) on Monday night.

The game is against Middlesbrough’s Under 23s and is a home game at Whitley Park, kicking off at 7pm.

Official Newcastle United announcement:

Florian Lejeune will make a significant step towards his return from an anterior cruciate ligament injury by playing for Newcastle United’s under-23s against Middlesbrough’s second-string on Monday evening.

The Frenchman suffered the injury to his left knee against Crystal Palace in April – having recovered from the same injury to his other knee a few months earlier.

After undergoing surgery, he spent time at a rehabilitation centre in Rome before returning to Tyneside for pre-season, and has steadily built up the strength in his knee over the last few months.

Speaking in an interview with nufc.co.uk last month, the 28-year-old said:

“I had great support from the whole of my family, the club and of course there were all the messages from the Newcastle fans which really touched me too.”

Lejeune has now returned to full training and will play his first match since his operation as Neil Readfearn’s under-23s take on their North East neighbours in Premier League 2.

Kick-off at Whitley Park is at 7pm (GMT) and admission is free to season ticket holders, otherwise it’s £3 for adults and £1 concessions.’

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