Newcastle winger returns after long lay-off

FIT ... Rolando Aarons.
FIT ... Rolando Aarons.

ROLANDO Aarons made his long-awaited comeback for Newcastle United tonight.

The winger played 45 minutes of the club’s 4-2 Under-21 Premier League win over Blackburn Rovers at St James’s Park.

Adam Armstrong struck twice, and Callum Roberts and Olivier Kemen also found the net for Peter Beardsley’s side.

Aarons had been sidelined for six months with hamstring and thigh problems.

And the 19-year-old – who scored two goals in the first half of the season before succumbing to injury – could now be involved in Saturday’s Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion at St James’s Park.

Aarons – who struck the bar against Blackburn with a curling effort – will now be assessed ahead of the crucial match.

Armstrong gave Newcastle an 18th minute lead, and the forward doubled the club’s advantage before the break after being played in by Facundo Ferreyra.

Blackburn levelled early in the second half through David Carson, but substitute Roberts restored United’s two-goal advantage.

Lewis Mansell scored a second goal for the visitors before midfielder Kemen netted from 20 yards in the 69th minute.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Woodman, Sterry, Laidler, Kemen, Williams, Satka, Gilliead, Smith (Barlaser, 65), Armstrong, Ferreyra, Aarons (Roberts, 46) Subs not used: Newberry, Harker, Heardman.