The Daily Mirror has reported that Newcastle United star Siem de Jong will play for the club before the end of the season.
De Jong has undergone surgery on a collapsed lung after the problem reoccurred after first appearing when he was at Ajax.
It was a blow for de Jong who was fighting his way back from a groin problem, but the Mirror claims he agreed to surgery which is normally only performed on lungs with three punctures.
Newcastle reportedly now consider his risk factor ‘normal’ which will allow him to focus entirely on a return to training and then competitive action.
John Carver will be wary of reintroducing de Jong to the team prematurely and it’s a decision he has to judge effectively when de Jong is back in training.
On the one hand, he could make the difference from an attacking point of view near the end of the campaign, especially if the Magpies are in the hunt for a European place.
On the other hand, he’ll be vital looking ahead to next season and the manager may focus on the bigger picture, holding him back.