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Rafael Benitez rules out Newcastle attacker for the rest of the season

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has indicated that winger Rolando Aarons will not return to action this season despite being ahead of schedule rehabilitation from a cruciate ligament injury.

The 21-year-old, who has made five appearances this season, had been expected to be out for the rest of the season after suffering an injury setback in November.

Though Aarons could now be used in the first team, he still has to work his way into full match fitness and it is unlikely that that they will take risks as they aim to win the Championship title with the last few games of the season in sight.

Matt Ritchie, Ayoze Perez, Yoan Gouffran, and Christian Atsu will be the men to continue assuming the attacking duties for the Magpies.

“It takes normally around six to eight months,” Benitez told BBC Newcastle. “He had the operation in another country, in Italy with the surgeon we knew, and it’s been really good.

“After four months he’s been doing a full training session with the team, so we are really pleased with the way he is going on.”