Newcastle United winger Rolando Aarons has returned to training, but there are conflicting reports on whether he will be available or not for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Sunderland.
The 19-year-old, who has been out of competitive action for five months, returned to training this week.
However, according to The Shields Gazette, the teenager will not be fit enough to participate in the Wear-Tyne derby at the Stadium of Light.
It has been reported that Newcastle will not take any chances with his fitness and not throw him against Sunderland because of his lengthy absence.
However, The Northern Echo reports that Aarons could be included among the Newcastle substitutes for the match against Sunderland.
“Rolando Aarons is also expected to return to the squad following an injury lay-off of his own, but the teenage winger is likely to be restricted to the substitutes’ bench after making just one Premier League substitute appearance since the end of August,” states the report.
It will be interesting to see what Newcastle head coach John Carver eventually decides with Aarons.
The youngster made an explosive start to the season, but injuries have curtailed his progress.
The teenager is certainly blessed with massive talent, and one suspects that he will be eager to take to the pitch against Sunderland.
However, given his injury problems this campaign, it would be better for Aarons if he is not thrown in at the deep end and not included in the starting line-up.