With everything going on at Newcastle right now, not many fans will be talking about Florian Lejeune.
The French defender has had two horrific injuries over the last 12 months, yet his recovery speed has been incredible. His first injury came during last summer’s pre-season, forcing him to miss months of action.
But by January, Lejeune was back in the first-team picture, and it didn’t take long to get back to his best.
Sadly, his season was once again hindered by a knee issue. In a game against Crystal Palace, Lejeune went down in agony following a challenge with Andros Townsend. He was stretchered off because of another knee injury, but this time it was the opposite leg. When your luck is out…
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It was heartbreaking for the defender, but it looks like once again he is closing in on a remarkably quick return. Just three months after being stretchered off and needing surgery once again, Lejeune is back training with the first-team.
No one noticed though. All the talk as the players returned for training was about who was leading the sessions, and the players who were suddenly back in the fold following Rafa Benitez’s departure.
But while it’s bleak to see the likes of Jack Colback back in the mix, it’s amazing to see Lejeune back fit. He’s superhuman at times.
For all the negatives right now, and my word there’s a lot, Lejeune’s recovery is great to see. It doesn’t help any of the off-field issues of course, but still. Hopefully he’ll be ready for Neil Redfearn’s mighty Mags’ first game against Arsenal.