Florian Lejeune has been out of action since April after suffering a knee injury, with the defender making his long-awaited return for Newcastle U23s on Monday night.
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Lejeune, who has been plagued by injury at St. James’ Park (as shown on Transfermarkt), played for the first time in seven months on Monday against Middlesbrough U23s in Premier League 2.
Playing 45 minutes before being taken off in an effort to get back to full fitness, Lejeune impressed for the U23s – adding a degree of composure and assurance to the back-line (highlighted by Newcastle’s social media team).
Following his first half cameo, the 28-year-old took to social media and thanked all the Newcastle fans for their much-needed support on the comeback trail.
Lejeune stated in a tweet: “Felt so good to be back on the pitch. Thank you all for your support.”
In response to this, Magpies supporters repaid the love, with many of them counting the minutes until his return to the first team – especially given Fabian Schar’s recent knock.
Here’s how they reacted:
can’t wait for you to be back on the pitch with the 1st team!!!
— NixaMattR (@NixaMattR) October 29, 2019
Weve missed u bigman WELCOME BACK🏴🏳
— chris devenny (@dvnufc) October 29, 2019
Massive player for us. Come back stronger. ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️
— Paul White Photo (@PaulWhitePhoto) October 29, 2019
Hurry back- we need reinforcements!!
— Michael Murray (@mdmurray2007a) October 29, 2019
Great to have you back, a class act
— Simon Horn ⚫⚪⚫⚪ (@SimonHo91784269) October 29, 2019
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Get in son best player at the club! can you play up front?
— Geo (@pgnufc) October 29, 2019