AARONS IS CLOS­ING IN ON TOON COME­BACK

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JA­SON MEL­LOR

ROLANDO AARONS has handed un­der-fire Alan Pardew a wel­come in­jury boost.

New­cas­tle’s highly-rated Eng­land youth winger is ahead of sched­ule in his bid to beat a ham­string prob­lem that’s kept him out for six weeks.

Toon boss Pardew feared the 18-year-old would be out un­til the end of next month after pick­ing up the in­jury on Un­der-20 in­ter­na­tional duty.

But the fly­ing winger, who scored his first Premier League goal in the draw against Crys­tal Palace in Au­gust, hopes to re­turn for Liver­pool’s visit on Novem­ber 1 after re­spond­ing quicker than ex­pected to treat­ment.

Pardew is sweat­ing on the re­sults of scans on Dutch star Tim Krul after Toon’s first-choice keeper re­turned early from in­ter­na­tional duty with an el­bow prob­lem suf­fered in train­ing.

Shane Fer­gu­son is set to quit New­cas­tle after be­ing frozen out by Pardew.

The North­ern Ire­land de­fender fears his in­ter­na­tional hopes will suf­fer if he re­mains in the wings at St James’ Park.

Im­pressed

The 23-year-old had a suc­cess­ful loan stint at Birm­ing­ham last sea­son.

And the Derry-born full-back ad­mits the time could be right to move on in or­der to re­main a cen­tral part of na­tional boss Michael O’Neill’s pans.

Fer­gu­son made seven Premier League starts un­der Pardew in 2012, but has since fallen down the peck­ing or­der. A per­ma­nent move to St An­drew’s to link up with for­mer Toon mid­fielder Lee Clark could be on the cards.

He ad­mit­ted: “I need to get play­ing now be­cause I want to be play­ing ev­ery in­ter­na­tional game.

“If I’m hon­est, I’ll prob­a­bly have to go some­where else.

“Alan Pardew has said he’s been im­pressed with me in train­ing, but I’m still young so go­ing out on loan could be a good thing for me.

“I don’t want to be sit­ting do­ing noth­ing, I’m not like that.”

RE­TURN: Rolando Aarons

ON HIS WAY: Fer­gu­son

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