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Newcastle's Lejeune ruled out for remainder of the season with knee injury

Newcastle defender Florian Lejeune has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury against Crystal Palace. Credit: PA

Newcastle defender Florian Lejeune has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Lejeune was carried off on a stretcher in the second half of the 1-0 loss at St James' Park and the Magpies said in a statement on Monday the Frenchman had sustained a "significant" injury to his left knee.

The 27-year-old did not make his first appearance of the campaign until January after he injured his other knee during pre-season.

Newcastle said: "Lejeune has been ruled out for the remainder of the current season and further updates on his recovery will be provided in due course."

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Schar urges Newcastle to build on run and secure Premier League safety

Fabian Schar has urged Newcastle to maintain their momentum to ease across the finishing line in the race for Premier League survival. Credit: PA

Fabian Schar has urged Newcastle to maintain their momentum to ease across the finishing line in the race for Premier League survival as soon as possible.

The Magpies won in the league for the fourth successive home game on Tuesday evening when they beat Burnley 2-0, three days after Huddersfield had succumbed by the same score at St James' Park.

Those victories had eased the club seven points clear of the relegation zone by the time the final whistle sounded, and while there was satisfaction on Tyneside, minds quickly turned to Saturday's trip to West Ham and the prospect of more.

Schar said: "We knew before how massive the two home games would be, especially playing against two teams more or less in the same position in the table.

"We wanted to get the points and we have shown in the last few weeks that we can perform. I am happy about that.

"Hopefully we can keep working like this and we have another game this week, so we are looking for more points."

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Benitez wants Rondon to follow in Shearer's footsteps at Newcastle

Benitez is expecting Rondon to score goals for Newcastle this season. Credit: PA

Rafael Benitez will be happy if Salomon Rondon scores half as many goals for Newcastle as Alan Shearer did.

The Venezuela international's bullet header in the 2-1 Premier League victory over Bournemouth was among those nominated for Match of the Day's Goal of the Month for November and had more than a touch of the former Magpies number nine about it.

Shearer scored a record 206 goals for his home-town club and while Benitez knows that is a near-impossible act to follow, he is hopeful that loan signing Rondon can make a significant contribution after taking his tally for the season to four at Everton in midweek.

Benitez said: "I said after the game that I would like to see him scoring goals like Alan Shearer, who scored so many times here. But OK, if he scores half as many, I will be happy anyway.

"He's scoring goals - that is, for some people, the main thing for the strikers. But at the same time, he's helping the team to do what we want to do.

"I will say again that [Yoshinori] Muto, Ayoze [Perez] and Joselu, when they are involved, they are doing well, so I am quite happy with them in terms of their effort.

"After, obviously if they can score two goals, each one, it would be better, but if they cannot, at least Rondon is scoring goals."

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