Florian Lejeune hasn’t played for the Newcastle first-team since April. However, he’s confirmed that the wait is nearly over on his official Twitter account.
The defender played his second reserves game of the season last night against Aston Villa, having returned against Middlesbrough last week.
And after the game, the Frenchman wrote: “Yesterday was the last time I played for the reserves before coming back with the group. Thank you to all my teammates, can’t wait to be back.”
— Florian Lejeune (@lejeune_florian) November 5, 2019
Lejeune played 71 minutes in the 3-2 defeat at Villa Park, but it was all about match fitness. As we said earlier, he hasn’t played a senior game since April 6th. On that day, an awkward collision with Andros Townsend ended Lejeune’s season.
But his recovery speed has been sensational once again, and by the sound of it he’s back and ready to play under Steve Bruce.
The big question is: does Bruce need him?
There’s one area that we’re well stocked and that’s centre-back. Fabian Schar has missed the last couple of games but hasn’t been missed, while Paul Dummett was dropped after the 5-0 drubbing at Leicester.
Federico Fernandez and Ciaran Clark have taken their places, both thriving. In fact, they were crucial to beating West Ham with both players scoring headers in the first half.
Lejeune is going to have a real battle on his hands to get back into the team, which is a testament to our strength in depth. His time will come though, and it’s just great to see him back fit and ready to play.