Newcastle United rocked after winger suffers serious knee injury

Newcastle United winger Rolando Aarons
Newcastle United winger Rolando Aarons

Newcastle United have been dealt a major injury blow after birthday boy Rolando Aarons sustained a rupture to the anterior cruciate ligament in training.

The winger, who had only just returned from injury, is due to undergo surgery on his right knee before a lengthy rehabilitation process.

A club statement said: "Newcastle United can confirm that Rolando Aarons sustained a rupture to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a training session this week.

"He will undergo surgery in due course and a further statement will be made at that time."

It is a major blow to Aarons, who turned 21 today. The winger had only just returned to training after a foot injury, which had kept him out since August.

Just this week Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez said Aarons was on the verge of a return to the second tier leaders’ first-team squad.

Benitez, speaking last week, said: "He’s getting closer.

"He’s running and doing the tests.

"He was fine. He had surgery. He was wearing trainers and now he’s fine with the boots."

Aarons, who has not kicked a ball since August’s League Cup victory over Cheltenham, now faces another lengthy spell on the sidelines.