Successful 45 for Florian Lejeune despite conceding two goals in a minute
Florian Lejeune was back on a football pitch for the first time in almost seven months.
A fresh night on Tyneside saw the French defender turn out at Whitley Park in front of a few hundred spectators.
A major landmark though in his latest long fight back to full fitness after a second serious knee injury in quick succession.
The 28 year old successfully got through a pre-planned 45 minute spell on the pitch, before being replaced bu Oisin McEntee at the break.
The only small downside being that the Frenchman was part of a defence that let in two goals in a minute, on 34 and 35 minutes.
Playing against Middlesbrough in the second tier of the reserve set-up, Newcastle’s young players responded well after the break and eventually forced their way back in the match.
The better team in the second half, on 75 minutes the pressure eventually paid off.
Jack Young scoring with a glorious effort from outside the penalty area.
Then ironically it was Lejeune’s replacement Oisin McEntee who grabbed a late 93rd minute draw, scoring after a set-piece was delivered into the box.
Newcastle United Under 23s move up to eighth in the 12 team league, with three wins and a draw from their nine games so far.
Looking ahead for Florian Lejeune, Newcastle have games against West Ham (2 Nov) and Bournemouth (9 Nov) before a 16 day break ends on 25 November away at Aston Villa. I’m guessing we are looking at some time after that international break before Lejeune might be involved again at first team level.
A clip here of Florian Lejeune looking confident on the ball last night (Also, anybody who thinks that the benefits for Sports Direct are limited to a ‘few’ advert hoardings at St James Park, will see from the clip that the pushing of SD is far wider ranging).
? @lejeune_florian looked sharp as he made his return from an anterior cruciate ligament injury in tonight’s Premier League 2 clash with @Boro. The defender completed the opening 45 minutes at Whitley Park. #NUFC pic.twitter.com/dlDD4ni45d
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 28, 2019
Newcastle United Under 23s 2 Middlesbrough Under 23s 2
Langley, Cass, Walters, Sterry (K.Scott 51), Lejeune (McEntee 46), Francillette, Allan, Charman, Young, Sangare, Fernandez (J.Scott 58)
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