Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has confirmed teenage sensation Rolando Aarons will be out of action until the New Year.
The 19-year-old has been suffering from a hamstring problem and ruled himself out of the derby game against Sunderland this weekend.
With the games coming thick and fast over Christmas and New Year, the temptation for Alan Pardew would have been to try and get him back as quickly as possible.
However, the boss has confirmed that the club will give him time and every chance to be fit once January kicks in.
“We’re going to have to make sure we get him through and ready to go,” Pardew is quoted by the Sunderland Echo.
“He’s a young lad. The hamstring issue is so delicate, we’re going to have to make sure we get him across the line for the New Year.”
Aarons is one of the most exciting players currently at a big Premier League side and he’s building a reputation for the direct way he attacks teams.
He’s been used in more of an impact role by Pardew this season because his pace puts opponents onto the back foot and allows Newcastle to counter attack.
The boss has also revealed that he’s putting the club’s medical team under pressure to ensure that he doesn’t have to face a repeat of a similar situation over the rest of the season.
“He’s a very exciting player, and, to be honest, I’ve missed him. I’m putting a lot of pressure on the medical team department that I don’t miss him again.”
Pardew has to give him every chance to return in the best condition possible, because he could make the difference in some tight and tense situations next year.