Newcastle United rocked after winger suffers serious knee injury

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

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.

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"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."

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