Newcastle United forward Siem de Jong has taken to Twitter to express his delight at making his return to the pitch after several months on the sidelines.
De Jong, 25, signed from Ajax in the summer for £6 million, but made just three appearances before suffering a torn thigh muscle in a September training session.
The Netherlands international has since been making slow progress after undergoing an operation to repair the damage, but made a major breakthrough when he resumed first-team training earlier this month.
He has now taken another major step towards a senior comeback after scoring in a 45-minute outing in the Under-21 side’s 3-1 win over Carlisle United, per the Chronicle, in a match which featured fellow ailing teammates Mehdi Abeid and Gabriel Obertan.
It remains to be seen when De Jong will be able to feature for John Carver’s side, however, with the head coach insisting that he will need a few reserve games under his belt before he is up to speed with the rest of the squad.
“Siem had his first training session on January 15,” he told the Chronicle last week. “He joined in with us and having him, Mehdi and Sammy Ameobi fit again just adds to the group.
“He seems a huge character, he’s a good talker who pops in every morning for a chat.
“Siem is one of the big characters in the dressing-room, but we need him fully fit.
“I think he’s got to have two, maybe three Under-21 games and then maybe 45 minutes, 70 and then a full game.
“He’s still a little bit off at the moment.”
With Newcastle looking for help in the attacking third for the second half of the season, having the versatile De Jong back should be a major boost to the club’s chances of achieving the set goal of a top-10 finish.
A noted goalscorer and creator at Ajax, the Swiss-born attacker has all the tools to become a fan favourite at St James’ Park moving forward, and it might not be long before supporters get to appreciate his performances.