Speaking to De Telegraaf, Janmaat has revealed that he does not act any differently around national teammate de Jong, despite the latter’s injury.
“Everyone knows how difficult it is to go from injury to injury,” the full-back said. “That is very bad for him. I try to act normal to him. Extra support and extra attention does not work.”
De Jong has made just two appearances for the Magpies since his summer transfer, and a series of injuries have stalled what promised to be a strong debut season at St James’ Park.
He suffered a thigh injury in August, after making two league appearances, and was only back in training in February this year. However, whilst making a number of appearances for the Under-21 side to return to full fitness, he suffered a collapsed lung and has no return date yet scheduled.
The 26-year-old is highly rated, and there is no denying that his presence this season would have had a vital impact on the Magpies fortunes, with attacking play at a low this term.
Having suffered two serious injuries, it is hard to judge when de Jong will be back, and it is good to hear that he is being treated the same by his teammates. Rather than being doused with sympathy he is allowing the players to get along with the main job at hand, and hopefully that will give the attacking midfielder the motivation to get back to full fitness as quickly as possible.