Newcastle United midfielder Siem de Jong has revealed that he is one step closer to returning from injury, as he trains outside for the first time in months.
The 25-year old who joined Newcastle this summer has only made three appearances for the Magpies this season, after tearing a tendon in his thigh in training, back in September.
But, the player who many believed to have been Alan Pardew’s best signing in the summer has revealed his delight on twitter by posting: “Finally my boots are back on! First session outside today.”
However, De Jong is still not expected back until early 2015 at the very least, but for now Newcastle fans and manager Pardew will be happy to see their reported £6 million star back in training.
De Jong, is seen as the man to help add firepower to replace Loic Remy and the creative play of Yohan Cabaye, both of whom they have lost since the beginning of the year.
Competition for places
Yet, De Jong may find it hard to get back into boss Pardew’s plans once he regains full fitness, after Newcastle’s impressive unbeaten run of six games has seen them surge up the Premier League table into fifth place.
De Jong will hope to do better than his brother at Newcastle.
The Netherlands international will hope his time in Tyneside is a lot better than his younger brother’s stint in the north east. Luuk de Jong who joined Newcastle on loan last season and failed to score a single score in his 12 games for the club.
De Jong, who scored 78 goals in 244 appearances for former club Ajax, during his seven year stint with the club and played a big role for the Dutch side as they won four back-to-back Eredivisie titles.