Newcastle's in-form talent ruled out of Southampton game with injury

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Rolando Aarons has been ruled out of Newcastle United's match against Southampton with a hamstring injury.

Newcastle United will be without young star Rolando Aarons for their tough trip to Southampton at the weekend.

The winger's emergence has been one of the major positives of the Magpies' opening to the campaign, but it seems that he will not be on display for their upcoming game. 

Aarons had been thought to be in-line for his first start for Newcastle against the Saints, but will now have to watch on from the sidelines.

The 18-year-old has picked up a hamstring injury and, although it is not expected to keep him out for the long-term, it is a blow for his progress.

Aarons came off the bench to great effect against Crystal Palace, as he scored his first goal for the side and showed off his fancy footwork in the North-East outfit's last fixture.

A tricky winger, the former Bristol City youngster has dazzled fans with his footwork and fearless approach during his initial exposure to first team football.

He has already earned international recognition for his form, too, and was handed his first call-up to the England under-20's squad in midweek.

During his time with the Three Lions he managed to score in his nation's 6-0 win over Romania and it seems only a matter of time before he progresses up the youth-levels if he continues to progress at the rate he currently is.

Newcastle are still looking for their first win of the season, after draws with Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, and a defeat to Manchester City, but Aarons has stood-out despite his side's poor form.

Without him, their chances look limited against a Southampton team who have shown that they can cope despite a number of players leaving over the summer already.

The Saints lost many of their protagonists from last campaign to the country's top clubs, but the signs are that they have bought well over the summer and it will be a tough test for Alan Pardew's men to get the three points at the weekend. 

Indeed, the experienced English boss admitted as much in his press-conference today, but he said he wants his side to make amends for the 4-0 defeat which was inflicted on them in the corresponding fixture last year. 

“Southampton away is a fixture that has been hard on us the last couple of years, and we need to improve on that," he said. 

“We’re committed to get the best performances out of the squad. We’ve mainly looked strong this season and need to take that on.”

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