Newcastle fans are absolutely desperate for a new centre back signing, after Florian Lejeune suffered a serious knee injury.
Rafael Benitez has weighed in on the speculation surrounding Lejeune’s absence from the pre-season draw with Hull, and it’s very bad news for Newcastle fans.
The Frenchman has reportedly suffered a knee injury, thought the extent of the damage is not yet known.
“The only one (injury) that is a bit more serious could be Lejeune,” said Rafa.
“He has a knee problem that we have to assess in the next couple of days.”
While there is no word about how much time the towering centre back will miss, a “serious knee problem” does not sound good, and fans are now pleading for a new signing.
Chancel Mbemba has left the club, and Fabian Schar is expected to replace the pacey defender, but Lejeune’s injury means the Magpies will probably need another defender as well as Schar.
Jamaal Lascelles was an absolute rock last season, but his best form was undoubtedly thanks to his partnership with Lejeune, and fans are extremely worried.
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below…
Selling Mbemba without signung a replacement and then Lejeune being injured immediately afterwards is the most #nufc thing ever.
— Mike Borkett (@Mike_Borkett) July 24, 2018
Maybe it’s a ploy to get MA to splash out on a new defender.
Rafa: Mike, we don’t have enough defenders to start the season. Florian is injured.
Lejeune: But, boss..
Rafa: You’re injured *wink wink*
— LP (@____LP____) July 24, 2018
This is very worrying.
— Si (@SimonBlaquiere1) July 24, 2018
It’s a shame Mbemba was sold a couple weeks ago given the news Lejeune has a knee injury.
How many are you are over 6ft 4..?
— NUFCThreatLevel (@NUFCThreatLevel) July 24, 2018
Shola is 6ft 3…
— Dario (@darryoh) July 24, 2018
Oh my. Would you believe they’ve sold the WRONG defender. Those guys
— Julio Geordio (@Julio_Geordio) July 24, 2018
Somebody check if Williamson to Gateshead has been finalised yet
— Dan-g Nabbit (@TheWhitton) July 24, 2018
Lejeune doing his cruciate just after we sell a centre back is peak Newcastle United. I shouldn’t even be surprised.
— Anthony Gates (@atjg__) July 24, 2018
Never say never with Ashley.
— Dean Woods (@wuds100) July 24, 2018