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28th Dec, 2016 | 4:18pm

Newcastle boost as 21-year-old in line for earlier than expected comeback - report

By Will Butcher

Rolando Aarons could be set for an early return to the Newcastle first team as he steps up his recovery from a knee injury, according to a report.

The 21-year-old has been sidelined after an anterior cruciate ligament injury forced him out in November seemingly for the rest of the campaign.

However, the Chronicle have allayed fears that Aarons was set to miss the rest of the season by claiming that the lighting quick winger could return in April.

Aarons went under the knife earlier this season in Italy, after manager Rafa Benitez used his connections to set up an operation with a surgeon that he used while at Napoli.

The doctor, who also operated on the Serie A giants’ flying winger Lorenzo Insigne, seems to have the done the trick for Aarons as Benitez confirmed the operation was a success.

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“I have been in contact with Rolando. The operation was really good,” Benitez told The Chronicle.

“We had experience when I was at Napoli. This surgeon is quite good with Italian players, I had Lorenzo Insigne who had an operation there and he did really well.”

The injury boost will come as a relief to Toon fans, who were not expecting to see an Aarons return until the 2017-18 campaign.

However, the former Bristol City trainee could now play a crucial part in the Championship run in come April. He will offer depth to the Newcastle side, with Christian Atsu, Yoann Gouffran and Matt Ritchie occupying the available slots on Benitez’s wings.

Since his debut against Manchester City in August 2014, Aarons has gone on to make 22 appearances in all competitions for the Magpies and has found the back of the net three times.

In other Newcastle news, Mick Quinn had this to say about Newcastle after the loss to Sheffield Wednesday.