Some surprising news today that Newcastle right-back Danny Simpson faces a race to be fit for the start of the pre-season.
Danny Simpson – fitness worries
The Newcastle defender has an ankle injury, and the Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Simpson played through the pain barrier at the end of the season, to help Newcastle lift the Coca-Cola Championship title.
It turns out that Simpson had surgery on a damaged tendon to resolve the problem, the day after Newcastle’s final game of the season, when they beat QPR 1-0 at Loftus Road for their 30th league win of a terrific season.
Simpson has had rest and recuperation since the operation, but is currently on crutches, and has to be a doubt to be fit for the season start in August.
Newcastle pre-season training will start on Thursday, July 8th at their Benton base, and it now seems unlikely that the former Manchester United player will play in any of Newcastle’s pre-season friendly matches.
It now looks like manager Chris Hughton will increase his efforts to get a new full-back in as both cover and competition for the Salford-born player.