It’s fair to say that Florian Lejeune is made of different stuff. The French defender recovered from an ACL tear in just under four months. Unfortunately, he’s done his knee in again though, but this time around just days after going under the knife the Frenchman is back on his feet.
Florian Lejeune now walking unaided – just a few days after his operation. Encountered few problems with swelling or inflammation post-surgery, as it was a relatively quick procedure, so has been able to start rehabilitation immediately. Remarkable. #nufc pic.twitter.com/kdWhX0s8FQ
— Ciaran Kelly (@CiaranKelly__) April 23, 2019
Don’t take this the wrong way, Lejeune isn’t going to be heading balls out of the box at St James Park for a while yet, and will probably be aiming for the start of the 2019/20 season as his ideal return date, but the fact he’s up and walking without crutches or any kind of aid is beyond remarkable. It just goes to show how strong-willed the defender is, and the Magpies absolutely love it.
The Geordies have loved watching the French stopper when he’s been in action and fit, and despite the fact they have Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez to fill in and shine at the back, Lejeune is still a huge miss. It was in the 2017/18 season he struck up quite the partnership with Lascelles, and the fans would love to have him fit and in the form he found last season.
You can read the Magpies’ verdict on Lejeune’s start to recovery here:
I swear to god this is guy is the terminator
— Gianfranco Shola (@youmeandnufc) 23 April 2019
Because that’s the sort of person he is, an iron-willed beast… had some rotten luck this season but does he sit around feeling sorry for himself? like hell does he.
— Kris (@geordiekris83) 23 April 2019
@1985Scotty wish this surgeons was around when Shearer did his knee!
— Matthew Wilkinson (@1MattWilkinson) April 23, 2019
Hopefully he's back for start of next season.
Only took 16 weeks to return to full training last time.
Didn't make a first team start until January but was training from mid-November onwards when he only injured it late July/early August.
Late August comeback?#NUFC
— The Geordie Boot Boy #NUFC (@BootGeordie) April 23, 2019
Bionic man is our Florian
— Rob Allbright (@roballbright) 23 April 2019
this bloke is super human
— Ben Goodwin (@BGinge8) April 23, 2019
What a machine…
— Stu (@BapperNI) April 23, 2019
Great to see. Let’s hope he doesn’t try too much too soon. I’d rather see him out for a month longer than expected and be fully ready than him try to rush back and do more damage.
— Dean Richardson (@DeanRich4) April 23, 2019
The Magpies are in shock that their man has been walking about so soon after his op and will now just be hoping the French stopper doesn’t rush back too quickly given the risk of making things worse.
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