Florian Lejeune hasn’t played for Newcastle United yet this season.
Will a certain Florian Lejeune be available for Newcastle United tonight?
The Magpies host Manchester United at St James’s Park and maybe, just maybe, the French defender will make his long-awaited return for Newcastle.
Lejeune hasn’t kicked a ball for Rafael Benitez this season after suffering cruciate ligament damage during the summer.
Injuries of that severity can often cause players to miss a lot longer than five months, but the 27-year-old is an exception it would seem.
Benitez said that the former Eibar star could have faced Watford on December 29 but, going by his recent post on Twitter, Lejune might’ve just hinted that he’ll be involved tonight.
Unbelievable recovery!— Burnsie #NUFC (@Optimistoon) January 2, 2019
Looking forward to seeing you start on Saturday v Blackburn!
Amazing recovery!— Stephen Nicholson (@toon_nico) January 2, 2019
Brilliant, fantastic player!— ⚫️Dudga ⚪️ (@paulyd_81303) January 2, 2019
I hope you’re in the starting line up as we’re going to need your class tonight— David Burdis (@mintydave01) January 2, 2019
The Frenchman joined Newcastle in the summer of 2017 for £8.7 million [The Chronicle] and what a bargain that looks now.
He had a rocky first five or six months last season, one that was also interrupted by injury, but he was immense in the second half of the 2017-18 campaign and played a big role in why United avoided relegation from the Premier League.
Benitez’s side are in similar peril this time around, but Lejune’s return could be massive – if he can stay fit that is.
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