Bad news today for Newcastle United, in that Nacho Gonzalez, who has been out for several weeks with an Achilles problem, has undergone Achilles surgery and will now be out for four months.
Nacho has hardly played for the Newcastle side this season, and we had been wondering just when he would return from his Achilles injury, which he seems to have had for a couple of months now.
Why this operation has been delayed by two months we have no idea, but it doesn’t look good, and there has been some mis-diagnosis of the extent of the injury. This will be even more reason for Newcastle to build up their squad as much as they can in the January transfer window.
It also shows the folly of not getting enough players in during the summer. Hopefully we will have some stability by January, with a new owner and a permanent manager.
Other long term injuries we have at Newcastle are also Achilles injuries that Mark Viduka and Alan Smith (remember him?), and have been out all season so far and are unlikely to return before the end of the year.
To say our squad is too small right now, with 3 long term injuries would be a massive under-statement.
The 26-year-old Uruguay international – signed on the last day of the transfer window, September 1st, from Valencia – has made just two Premier League appearances, the last one coming almost two months ago, in the 3-1 defeat to West Ham United in London.
The operation he has had means that Gonzalez’s loan spell at the club should really be called off, because it is probably March before he will be available to play again. We assume something was written in the agreement that would cover long term injuries like this – but we shouldn’t hold our breath.
It makes the task given to Joe Kinnear even more difficult, when three senior players have not been available to him, in his almost 7 weeks at the club.