Newcastle star Siem de Jong suffers collapsed lung

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SIEM de Jong has undergone surgery after suffering a collapsed lung.

The foward, sidelined since early September, had been on the brink of a comeback from a long-term thigh injury.

De Jong – who previously suffered a collapsed lung at former club Ajax – will be out for eight weeks.

The 26-year-old said: “After four months of hard work getting back to full fitness, it is such bad luck to suffer another setback.

“We are all hopeful that the surgery I will have this week will ensure I don’t have any repeat of the condition in the future.

“It’s very sad for me personally, especially since I was almost back in contention and feeling great.

“I’m sorry for my team-mates, the club and our fans that I’m not able to help the team for a little while longer.

“I am determined to come back stronger as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone for your support.”