Jamaal Lascelles made his comeback from a knee injury in Newcastle United’s FA Cup third-round replay against Rochdale on Tuesday night.
The central defender had been on the sidelines since picking up a knee problem against Bournemouth in the Premier League on November 9.
The club captain was back in the starting XI against Rochdale, though, and played 57 minutes of what proved to be a 4-1 victory for the Magpies.
And it would be fair to say that a lot of the club’s supporters were delighted to see the Englishman back in the side following a relatively lengthy absence.
Great to have you back skip ⚫️⚪️
— Josh⚫️⚪️ (@nufcJosh__) January 14, 2020
Good to have you back skipper! Congrats on the 150 milestone🎉⚫️⚪️
— NUFC HQ (@NUFC_HQ) January 14, 2020
Well done Jamaal, glad to see the captain out again. Congratulations on the milestone
— Jack (@Jack__1955) January 14, 2020
Great to have you back Jamaal
— NUFC⚪⚫ (@2GoalsSoFar) January 14, 2020
G8 to have you back CAPTAIN!
— Magpies (@Magpies_1892) January 14, 2020
Lascelles gets criticism from the usual suspects but we’ve missed him massively. Welcome back!
— Alastair Campbell (@alastair10) January 15, 2020
Lascelles has missed Newcastle’s last 10 Premier League matches, but the fact that he was involved against Rochdale suggests that the defender will be in Steve Bruce’s thinking for the clash with Chelsea this weekend.
However, some of the supporters want the Englishman to take it easy as another spell on the sidelines could follow if he pushes himself too far.
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nice to have you back boss,
but take it easy eh !!
— Lepetitpecheur (@benshamboy) January 14, 2020
great to see you back but please tell players not to rush back to soon no knockbacks needed
— Robert O Reilly (@irishbobuk) January 14, 2020
Others, though, are already thinking about their captain facing Frank Lampard’s top-four chasers in Saturday’s late kickoff at St James’ Park.
Great to see you back Skipper, great to see you get some minutes. Onto Chelsea!
— Callum Irving (@NUFCIrving1010) January 14, 2020
See you on Saturday howaythelads ⚽️
— Tom Dixon (@tomdixon27) January 14, 2020