Siem de Jong gives message to Newcastle fans, hopes to play this season

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Newcastle attacking midfielder Siem de Jong is keen to play again this season.

Newcastle United ace Siem de Jong is looking to put his injury woes behind him before the end of the season, as he told the club's official Twitter account.

De Jong, 26, joined Newcastle from Ajax last summer, and big things were expected from the Netherlands international after he hit 78 goals in 244 games for the Amsterdam giants - even scoring over 15 goals in four of his seven seasons in the first-team.

Whilst many Newcastle fans were excited by de Jong's arrival, they've been left somewhat underwhelmed by his impact this season.

De Jong has managed to play just 99 minutes of Premier League football this season, suffering with a number of different injuries throughout the season, with a collapsed lung - the second of his career - being the latest issue to keep him sidelined.

Yet as the season draws towards its close, de Jong is stepping up his comeback, and featured for Newcastle's Under-21 side against Derby on Wednesday night.

That's a huge boost to Magpies fans, who will be looking for de Jong to make a big impact next season - but as he told the club's official Twitter account, de Jong is looking to play before the end of this term, whilst he also thanked the fans for their support.

"I was really happy with all the messages on social media, and also the cards," said de Jong. "I haven't repaid the fans a lot this season, so I hope to play a couple of games before the end of the season."

"But I have to focus on next season and be fit then, and hopefully can show the fans what I can do, and show myself and my team mates what I can do," he added.

In another dismal season for Newcastle, de Jong has been a disappointment - but now getting back to full fitness, supporters will be hoping for big things next term.

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