Steve Bruce has shared a positive injury update on Florian Lejeune, suggesting he’ll be back training with the first-team after the international break if a specialist gives him the green light.
The Frenchman ruptured his anterior cruciate knee ligaments last summer, and suffered yet another ACL injury (in the other leg!) earlier this year during a home game against Crystal Palace in April.
He’s since been taking part in the rehabilitation process and has been spotted at Benton doing light training sessions, however it seems he could be ready to rejoin the rest of the group in the next few weeks – marking yet another incredible comeback from another serious injury.
Here’s what Bruce has had to say about the centre-back this week:
“He’s going along very nicely.”
“It was remarkable the last time, his rehabilitation.
We’re hoping after the international break he’s back on the grass.
“That would be four-and-a-half month, which is remarkable.
“His knee looks good. He’s out there training.
“He sees a specialist this week and if he says yes, then he can go ahead and start getting out there.”
So, it seems he *might* be back in first-team training with the group after the international break, which is incredible really.
He won’t be rushed back, but we’re not short on centre-backs, thankfully, with Paul Dummett making that left-sided centre-back position his own over the last few months with several rock solid displays.
On the subject of that, Lejeune will do well to win his place back if Dummett continues to perform as well as he did in that 1-0 away win at Spurs!
That said, Lejeune’s is a class act at the back and a brilliant ball player who, like Schar, gives us a creative force from deep who can open up defences and send our runners in behind with his exquisite long-range passing.
After two ACL’s and some rotten luck, it will be great to have our very own bionic man back!