Rolando Aarons is being primed for an explosive FA Cup comeback for Newcastle United.
Aarons has been sidelined since September because of injury.
He’s inexperienced – he’s a young boy – but he’s the future.
But the winger is back in training and ready to return to first-team action.
And head coach Steve McClaren must now decide whether he is fit enough to feature in tomorrow’s third-round tie against Watford at Vicarage Road.
McClaren had hoped to give Aarons a run-out in an reserve-team game against Everton at Southport’s Haig Avenue on Monday.
But the Under-21 Premier League Cup fixture was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
Aarons, keen to put a wretched 2015 behind him, has instead trained intensively on Tyneside ahead of the cup tie.
McClaren insisted earlier this week that he would name a “strong team” at Vicarage Road.
Fans, however, are expecting changes given that the relegation-threatened club has a hugely-important Premier League home game against Manchester United three days later.
And McClaren – who has previously considered loaning out Aarons – is minded to involve the 20-year-old, who made four appearances in the early part of the season.
The England Under-20 international returned to training late last month after recovering from a foot problem.
McClaren feels pacy Aarons – who netted two stunning goals against Portland Timbers on the club’s pre-season tour of the USA – is “the future” for Newcastle.
“I like wingers,” said McClaren. “I like players with speed.
“He’s inexperienced – he’s a young boy – but he’s the future.”