By Dominic Toner
Rolando Aarons has praised Newcastle fans on Twitter for their support during his injury.
The 20-year-old has not featured for the Toon since a Capital One Cup clash against Cheltenham on 23 August after breaking a bone in his foot during the tie, which was reported to have put him out for eight weeks.
The Englishman has missed 14 Newcastle games in all competitions but has watched his side gain a three-point gap at the top of the Championship table.
Aarons made five appearances this season under manager Rafael Benitez before his injury blow and will be desperate to force his way back into the side.
He is close to returning from his injury and has thanked supporters for support during his layout.
“Really thankful for people who still believe in me. You guys keep me going,” Aarons wrote on his personal Twitter account.
Aarons has returned to training this week and will face a battle to force his way back into the first-team, with the likes of Matt Ritchie, Yoan Gouffran and Christian Atsu all in good form.
The youngster graduated through the club’s academy and has made 22 senior appearances for Newcastle.
He has five caps for England’s Under-20s side and is considered one of the emerging talents for the Magpies.
Benitez is trying to secure the club an automatic return and his side are currently top of the Championship, with a three-point gap over second-placed Brighton.
In other Newcastle news, the club’s supporters have reacted on Twitter as a key player faces a five-match absence.