Newcastle United’s Spanish U-21 striker Xisco is hoping to be back in contention for the run-in to the season, after sustaining a toe injury in the recent 5-0 Reserves win over Wigan, when he scored two good goals.
Xisco – recovering from a toe injury
The 22 year-old 6’2″ striker was signed from Deportivo la Coruna in the summer for a reported £5.7M, but has been disappointing in his first season on Tyneside.
It’s true that Xisco has had a lot of injuries in his first season, but it seems he is way back in the pecking order of strikers right now on Tyneside.
Xisco talked today to the Evening Chronicle about his toe injury:
“It’s feeling much better. Two weeks after the reserve game I have started to come back.”
“I could be back in training for the week of the Hull game. But certainly I hope to be back in contention for a place in the squad for the Arsenal game.”
In the summer there will probably be a clear-out of our strikers. We currently have Owen, Viduka, Martins Carroll, Ameobi, Smith and Xisco fighting it out for a couple of places up front.
Viduka and Owen will leave once their contracts expire, and it’s more than likely that Kinnear will try to cash in on Xisco, and maybe even Alan Smith, although Joe will want to take a look at Alan through the rest of the season. The club are also trying to sign Andy Carroll to a new improved contract, and the last thing we want is to lose local lad Andy.
How much of the £5.7M the club will be able to claw back for Xisco is debatable however, since the lad has only appeared 7 times, with just 4 starts this season for Newcastle. With the competition for places up front now stronger than ever, it’s unlikely he will see much action in the first team during the remainder of this season.
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