As confirmed by the club’s official website, Florian Lejeune has returned to first-team training today, just FOUR months after suffering a serious knee injury – however the bad news is that Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummmett were nowhere to be seen.
Starting with the good news and it is brilliant (and quite a surprise) to see Lejeune back in action so soon. After several months out following a serious cruciate knee ligament injury over pre-season, it’s great to see him back out on the pitch.
Benitez confirmed recently that he had been recovering well, however it is quite incredible that he is already back given this type of knee ligament injury has kept players out for 9-12 months in the past – yet he is back training just 4 months on from the injury.
? ICYMI: Defender Florian Lejeune has returned to training as he continues to work towards full fitness after his knee injury.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) November 22, 2018
The bad news is the absence of three first-team regulars from today’s training photos – with it appearing as though Lascelles, Shelvey and Dummett were forced to sit out the session through injury.
Lascelles and Shelvey limped off during the 1-0 win over Watford (missing the Bournemouth game as a result) and Dummett was forced off for Wales during the international break, with him deemed a serious doubt for next week’s clash with Burnley.
There’s been no official update on any of the absent trio, but it’s sounding more and more like all three could sit out of Monday’s trip to Turf Moor – however Muto could return after the Japanese striker was spotted back with the group today.