Newcastle United winger, Rolando Aarons, has returned to first team training over the past week, after four and a half months on the sidelines.
His return comes as a welcome boost for the youngster, who has suffered several long term injuries since arriving on Tyneside, with his latest being a devastating cruciate knee-ligament injury in training last November.
The 21 year-old signed a five-year deal with the club in August, hoping to cement his place in Rafa Benitez’s team following relegation to the second tier.
No longer had his season begun, making five appearances in the side, he was struck down with the injury and expected to miss the entire season.
Aarons, however, returned to training last week, providing a timely boost for Benitez, who clearly rates the winger after handing him a long-term deal last summer.
Loving every second of being back in training ?? Good luck to my team mates today ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️ pic.twitter.com/YnhxSGkBQ9
— Rolando Aarons (@RolandoAarons) March 11, 2017
It remains to be seen as to whether Rolando will feature in any of Newcastle’s final 8 games this season.
If fit, his direct style, pace and fearlessness wouldn’t go a miss in the closing stages of the season, however I don’t expect Benitez to risk him given the circumstances..
Either way, it is great to see him back on the training pitch and smiling again, after what must have been an exceptionally frustrating few years for the exciting young prospect.