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CROCKED New­cas­tle striker Siem de Jong has re­vealed he hopes to be back after Christ­mas.

The Dutch­man has fi­nally been able to put a timescale on his re­turn from a se­ri­ous groin in­jury.

And it’s not good news for un­der-pres­sure boss Alan Pardew, who will be with­out his £6mil­lion sum­mer sign­ing from Ajax for another two months.

De Jong, 25, re­vealed: “I can slowly start build­ing up my strength and start walk­ing with­out crutches.

“There’s still a cou­ple of months to go, but I’m go­ing to work hard and I’m sure I’ll come back stronger.”

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