By Harry Sykes
Rolando Aarons could miss the rest of the season after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Newcastle announced on their official website on Wednesday afternoon that the 21-year-old ruptured the ligament in his right knee during a training session this week.
The club revealed that Aarons will have an operation on his knee but did not give a timeframe on when he will return.
“He will undergo surgery in due course and a further statement will be made at that time,” said a statement on the Newcastle website.
Aarons’ problem is particularly cruel as he had only recently returned to action after two months on the sidelines with a fractured metatarsal.
The winger suffered the foot problem in the 21st minute of the Magpies’ 2-0 win against League Two side Cheltenham Town in the EFL Cup second round in August.
The former Bristol City trainee has played five games for Newcastle so far this season, starting twice.
Aarons, who joined from the Robins in 2014, recently signed a new five-year contract at St James’ Park that runs until 2021. He has made 22 senior Newcastle appearances in total, scoring three goals and supplying two assists.
It is common for players to be sidelined for between nine and 12 months with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Carl Jenkinson recently returned to action for Arsenal after being sidelined for between January and September with the same injury.
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