Speaking to the Chronicle, Newcastle head coach John Carver has updated Magpies fans on the fitness of Siem de Jong and Rolando Aarons.
Dutch international de Jong, 26, has made just three appearances for the Toon this season, having suffered a series of serious injuries earlier in the campaign. After arriving from Ajax, the attacking midfielder suffered a thigh injury which kept him out for a number of weeks, and then upon his return to Under-21 action, his lung collapsed.
He is currently on the path back from that injury, and Carver has admitted that he will definitely be playing for the Newcastle Under-21’s on Wednesday night, when they face Derby County as St James’ Park.
“Siem De Jong will definitely play,” the head coach said.
Furthermore, Carver has expressed belief that Rolando Aarons could feature in the game, with the young winger being assessed later today ahead of the fixture.
He added: “I’m going to check on Rolando tomorrow and see how he’s feeling. If he’s up for it he will get some part of the game. If not we will leave him alone for now.”
Aarons has featured as little as de Jong this term, with just five appearances to his name, but his absence has been heavily felt. The 19-year-old played a key role in the early part of the season with his electric attacking play revitalising a floundering side, and his loss has cost the team much of their offensive intent.
The news that both de Jong and Aarons are close to returning will be welcome to Newcastle fans, and it would come as no surprise to see both feature before the end of the season.