Newcastle United coach gives Siem de Jong injury update

Newcastle United attacker is recovering from a nasty eye injury.

Newcastle United are hoping Siem de Jong can take an important step in his recovery from his eye injury over the next fortnight.

De Jong travelled with the squad for their mid-season training camp in Spain, with two weeks until their next Premier League game.

The Dutchman has been out of action since mid-January, when he suffered a serious eye injury in training, which saw his contact lens poked into the eyeball itself, with Steve McClaren telling The Telegraph the luckless forward could easily have lost it altogether.

De Jong, who missed almost all of last season with injury, is hoping to return for the relegation run in, with Newcastle sitting 18th.

Newcastle United head of fitness Alessandro Schoenmaker has explained to the club's official website how De Jong will eb involved during the upcoming break.

He said: "Siem has been very unlucky with his eye injury. For three weeks he wasn't able to do any work, and he has now had one full week of training with me, both outside and in the gym.

"This week he will be introduced back into the group, starting with no contact but by the end of the week it will be full contact."

De Jong arrived at Newcastle with a big reputation but injuries have meant he has barely been able to show what the hype was all about.

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