Newcastle defender Florian Lejeune has delivered a positive injury boost after the final day 4-0 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage.
The Frenchman has been missing through injury since the beginning of April after he was stretchered off in their game with Crystal Palace. It was a problem that needed surgery to resolve and was a disappointing outcome after Lejeune had been out for most of the season with an injury in his opposite knee.
The 27-year-old posted on his personal Twitter account, thanking the fans for their support while also reporting on his progress: “I’m currently in Italy where i’m working everyday to strengthen my knee. I will be returning in Newcastle soon”.
Thanks to all for your incredible support during this season, you were truly amazing and carried us through every game.
I'm currently in Italy where I'm working everyday to strengthen my knee. I will be returning in Newcasltle soon.
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— Florian Lejeune (@lejeune_florian) May 13, 2019
Lejeune was ever present after returning from the first problem, starting in 12 straight Premier League games before suffering the season ending injury.
Rafael Benitez will be excited at the prospect of one of his main defenders being back close to fitness. It didn’t look great for the Frenchman when he was stretchered off against Crystal Palace with a look of agony upon his face. To be close to a return to Newcastle so quickly after having surgery, all involved will be delighted. Lejeune quickly became a mainstay and fan favourite in the heart of the Magpie’s back four and his return will strengthen any defensive fragilities. It is perfect timing for Lejeune to return, he can use the break before pre-season to keep making sure his knee is as strong as possible, giving him the best chance to return to full fitness and have a full season marshalling his club’s defence alongside Fabian Schar. Now is the time to push on for both Newcastle and Lejeune, who has now been at the club since 2017, and with some strong investment, the French defender can lead a charge back up the Premier League table.