‘Didn’t expect’ – Newcastle United star reveals surprise injury blow after undergoing surgery

Newcastle United will be without their centre back until late 2024.
Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has opened up about his ACL injury, which will keep him out for six to nine months.

After teammate centre-back Sven Botman had the same injury a fortnight earlier, Lascelles was set for a run in the starting XI but was forced off just 17 minutes into the 4-3 comeback win over West Ham United.
The 30-year-old – who is under contract at St James’ Park until 2025 – is poised to miss the opening months of the 2024-25 season.

“Of course, it was difficult to accept at first, but I quickly adjusted to the situation,” Lascelles wrote in his programme notes. “I’ve always been a positive guy; all I know is to pick yourself up and get on with it, and that’s where I’m at now.
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“I’ve got a long trip ahead of me but I have a terrific support team around me, fantastic physios and plenty of help from within the club, so I know I’m in good hands.

“I felt pain for the first 20 seconds after landing, but it quickly subsided, and I assumed it was simply a bone-on-bone impact injury. I got up and went for a little jog, which didn’t hurt too much. I didn’t feel it pop or anything, but when I put it back on, I realized something wasn’t right.”
Lascelles stated that he was astonished to discover about his ACL tear after a scan, but he is now completely focused on his recovery after successfully undergoing surgery.

Newcastle United injury scan results & surgery update as key man ruled out  for six months

“I honestly did not expect it to be anything like an ACL until the MRI revealed the entire degree of the injury. Obviously, that was difficult news to get, but it’s just part of being an The former Nottingham Forest defender described himself as a “athlete.”
“The operation went really well, and I’m up and about, weight bearing, and hoping to get off crutches and resume working in the gym very soon. To everyone who has messaged me – and even those who haven’t – I sincerely appreciate your love and support, and I can’t wait to return next season.

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