It’s now been confirmed that Joe Kinnear will indeed need heart bypass surgery.
Joe Kinnear – will undergo heart bypass surgery this week
It’s now being reported by Sky Sports and the two local Newcastle papers, the Journal and the Evening Chronicle.
Sky Sports News understands the Irishman is set to undergo surgery this week, after he was taken ill on Saturday before the game at WBA, which Newcastle won 3-2.
Kinnear had hoped to make a return against Everton on 22nd February for Newcastle’s next league match, and had talked confidently of that on Monday and Tuesday, but that is not to be.
Kinnear will have to delay his return to the sidelines, and the Newcastle United club have said they will not be making any official statement in the near future, following reports earlier today, in the national media, about Joe’s condition.
It is expected that following his surgery this week, Joe Kinnear will be sidelined for about a month before making a possible return.
Here are the games Newcastle have coming up:
Sunday 22nd February Everton H
Sunday 1st March Bolton A
Wednesday 4th March Manchester United H
Saturday 14th March Hull City A
Saturday 21st March Arsenal H
Saturday 4th April Chelsea H
So it looks like Joe could miss at least the next 3 games and possibly be in charge of the Hull game on 14th March – that’s 4 weeks this Saturday – but that could also be very optimistic. Joe will immediately feel better after the operation, but of course he will be very sore for a week or two.
It’s surprising that the Newcastle club will not make an official statement on this, but perhaps they are delaying that until after the surgery has been completed.
We wish Joe the very best, and if Newcastle fans want to wish Joe well – he’s at Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust, Rectory Rd, Sutton Coldfield, B75 7RR.
Local telephone number for general enquiries : 0121 424 2000