Watch: Newcastle boost as 21-year-old delivers injury update
By Will Butcher
Rolando Aarons is closing in on a return to fitness after the Newcastle attacker posted a video of his progress on Twitter.
Currently undergoing rehab, the 21-year-old winger went under the knife in Italy to repair his anterior cruciate ligament injury which looked to have ruled him out for the rest of the season.
However, Aarons posted a video on his personal Twitter account that shows him looking sharp despite only picking up the long-term injury in November.
— Rolando Aarons (@RolandoAarons) January 11, 2017
Last month, the Chronicle allayed fears that the Toon academy product was set to miss the rest of the season by claiming that the speed merchant could return as early as April.
Jamaican-born Aarons, who has five England Under-20 caps, was sent to Italy by manager Rafa Benitez to undergo an operation with the same doctor that Benitez used while at Napoli.
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The doctor, who also operated on the Serie A giants’ Lorenzo Insigne, has seemingly worked wonders, with Aarons looking set to return well ahead of schedule.
The injury boost will come as a huge sigh of relief to fans, with manager Rafa Benitez lacking in width as he looks to orchestrate a promotion bid and an instant return to the top flight.
He only currently has Yoann Gouffran and Matt Ritchie as Benitez’s only recognised wingers, with Sammy Ameobi’s future still up in the air and Christian Atsu set to represent Ghana at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Newcastle’s number 16 moved to the north East in 2012 after bring released by Bristol City at just 17 years of age.
He hasn’t enjoyed regular first-team starts since his debut against Manchester City in August 2014, making just 22 league and cup appearances in total, despite goals against Tottenham, Man City and Crystal Palace.
In other Newcastle news, this report has revealed that Benitez has seen an approach for a Championship winger turned down.