The FC Barcelona Blog is reporting today that Edmilson, who has been sidelined since his knee operation last June, has received the medical all clear to play again.
Edmilson – training again with his Barcelona team-mates
Sam Allardyce has said recently that he will not go after Edmilson in the January transfer window, but may still be interested in the Brazilian during the summer. However, while Edmilson is a skillful player and is also good friends with Newcastle’s Brazilian center-back Cacapa, he has no Premiership experience.
That lack of experience has dogged many of the defenders Newcastle brought in during the summer transfer window. However, Cacapa, apart from his disastrous game against Portsmouth for 16 minutes, has possibly been the best of the bunch, along with former Marseilles captain and right-back Habib Beye. We think Sam may be anxious to pair the two Brazilians at the center of Newcastle’s defense, although Edmilson can also play defensive midfield, where he could easily be deployed by Newcastle.
Another reason why Edmilson may not even be allowed to move in January is that Barcelonaâ€™s Toure Yaya is leaving to play in the African Cup. Edmilson will be a natural replacement as a defensive midfielder to deputize for Toure, and it is therefore unlikely that Barcelona manager Rijkaard would let the Brazilian leave under such circumstances.
Edmilson has had trouble with his right knee ever since he was injured in October 2004, but now seems ready to get match fit and start playing again. Maybe Newcastle manager Sam can gauge Edmilson’s fitness and form over the next few months, before deciding whether to bid for him in the summer. He will then be available as a free agent.
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