SIEM de Jong is facing another long spell on the sidelines – after undergoing surgery for a collapsed lung.
The Newcastle United forward had been set to make his long-awaited comeback in tonight’s game at Crystal Palace.
But de Jong – who previously suffered a collapsed lung with former club Ajax in 2013 – suffered the injury on the eve of the Premier League fixture.
The 26-year-old yesterday underwent surgery which he hopes will ensure no repeat of the condition.
De Jong: “After four months of hard work getting back to full fitness, it’s such bad luck to suffer another setback.
“We are all hopeful that the surgery I will have this week will ensure I don’t have any repeat of the condition in the future.
“It’s very sad for me personally, especially since I was almost back in contention and feeling great.
“I’m sorry for my team-mates, the club and our fans that I’m not able to help the team for a little while longer.
“I am determined to come back stronger as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone for your support.”
United head coach John Carver – who is likely to be without forward Sammy Ameobi at Selhurst Park – had hoped to take de Jong to London, with the Holland international having been close to full fitness.
De Jong made just three appearances before suffering a serious thigh injury which needed an operation.
Ameobi, meanwhile, suffered a knock in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Stoke City at St James’s Park.
However, there is better news for Carver on winger Rolando Aarons, sidelined since early November after suffering a recurrence of a hamstring problem.
The 19-year-old – who broke into the first team squad early in the campaign after impressing in pre-season – is pencilled in to return to training next week.
“Rolando will start work with Dave Billows, fitness and conditioning guy, on Thursday,” said Carver.
“He will start training with us on Monday.”