Newcastle confirm another injury setback for summer signing Siem de Jong

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Newcastle midfielder Siem de Jong will be ruled out for another eight weeks with a collapsed lung.

After an injury-hit debut season in the Premier League, Newcastle summer signing Siem de Jong has been ruled out for another eight weeks.

De Jong, 26, arrived at St. James' Park from Ajax in a deal believed to be worth around £6m, and Magpies fans were excited to see the Dutchman in action considering his superb record of 78 goals in 244 games from midfield.

Yet so far, de Jong's time in England has been a nightmare. In September, he picked up a thigh injury which has ruled him out until now.

De Jong as believed to be on the verge of a return to the first team, but has now suffered another setback, with de Jong suffering a collapsed lung - for the second time in his career.

The six-cap Dutch international suffered the same injury back in August 2013, and has worryingly encountered the same problem 18 months on.

Newcastle confirmed the latest injury, and de Jong reacted to the news that he will be out for another two months - at least.

"After four months of hard work getting back to full fitness it is such bad luck to suffer another setback," said de Jong. "We are all hopeful that the surgery I will have this week will ensure I don't have any repeat of the condition in the future.

"It's very sad for me personally, especially since I was almost back in contention and feeling great. I'm sorry for my teammates, the Club and our fans that I'm not able to help the team for a little while longer," he added. "I am determined to come back stronger as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone for your support."

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