Magpies confirm huge Lejeune injury blow
Newcastle have confirmed the knee injury Florian Lejeune suffered against Crystal Palace will sideline him for the rest of the season.
The 27-year-old French defender, who only returned from a cruciate ligament injury to his left knee three months ago, hurt his left knee and was stretchered off during the second half of the 1-0 defeat against the Eagles at St James' Park.
Boss Rafael Benitez feared the worst when speaking immediately after the game as the Spanish tactician said: "It seems bad. It's the other knee but it seems bad, so we have to wait and see what the doctor says.
"I was talking with him. Obviously he was disappointed and asking the doctor. We need to assess him tomorrow but it seems bad."
A club statement has now confirmed that Lejeune will play no further part in the Magpies' Premier League campaign.
It read: "Newcastle United can confirm defender Florian Lejeune sustained a significant knee injury during Saturday's game against Crystal Palace.
"The 27-year-old was forced off on a stretcher during the second half after injuring his left knee – not the knee injured during pre-season which saw him miss the start of the campaign.
"Lejeune has been ruled out for the remainder of the current season, and further updates on his recovery will be provided in due course.
"The Frenchman had been ever-present for the Magpies in the Premier League since his return to action at the start of January, taking his 2018-19 tally to 13 appearances in all competitions."
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