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2nd May, 2017 | 9:35pm

Newcastle first teamer reveals fitness update, fans will be delighted

By Dominic Toner

Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles has revealed on Twitter that he had a successful operation on Tuesday.

It was reported that the 23-year-old was set for a double hernia operation after playing through pain for four months.

It is understood that Magpies manager Rafael Benitez was aware of the centre-backs problem, but he wanted to continue playing to help them achieve promotion.

Lascelles posted that he was going in for surgery on Tuesday evening, before revealing later on the positive news that it went well.

“Just woke up from general anaesthetic. Operation went well, thank you guys for the messages,” Lascelles wrote on his personal Twitter account.

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Lascelles is expected to be available for the start of next season, but willy obviously miss their final Championship game against Barnsley on Sunday.

The Magpies have already secured their promotion back to the Premier League and are now trying to pip league rivals Brighton to the title.

Benitez’s side are at home to Barnsley and will be hoping Brighton slip up away to Aston Villa.

Lascelles has defied the odds to continue playing in recent months and has played a crucial role in the club’s automatic return to the top-flight.

The Newcastle captain has played in 43 of the 45 Championship fixtures and has been an ever-present in the starting XI.

In other Newcastle news, Alan Pardew has explained what the club must do next season to avoid relegation.

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