Dan Gosling will play in his first Newcastle game tomorrow, in a behind-the-scenes practice match at the club’s Training Center against Colin Calderwood’s club – Hibernian.
Dan Gosling – very very close to being back
The former Everton player has been recovering from a serious knee injury he picked up last March, and it’s getting close to a year that the 20 year-old has been out of football.
The box to box midfielder was a free agent in the summer, when somehow Newcastle managed to acquire the England U21 star, after Everton had failed to offer the Plymouth-born player a new contract by the required date, and Newcastle nipped in to sign him for nothing.
Another great deal by the Newcastle club.
Dan is close to full fitness now, and it seems he was a little disappointed not to make the bench on Saturday, and as the game turned out (a disaster), he probably would have seen some action in that second half against Stevenage.
Dan will play tomorrow, in a game arranged against Hibernian, and of course his come-back has been delayed for a few weeks, by the terrible weather in England.
This is what Dan said today:
“I’ve been looking forward to a game for a few months now so I can’t wait,”
“Hopefully I’ll get a good run out and we’ll take it from there.””The snow has halted my progress lately. I’ve been inside because the lads couldn’t go outside due to the weather.”
“And that doesn’t prepare you properly to start playing again when you’ve been out for as long as I have.”
So it stopped my progress, but I feel good now.” “Hopefully Wednesday will come, the game will be on and I’ll get a good run out.”
Gosling traveled to both the last two away games at Wigan and Stevenage with the squad, and he’ll be hoping he can make the squad against Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.
“I was actually disappointed not to make the bench at Stevenage, but I’m very close,”
“Hopefully I can get a good run-out on Wednesday, push on from there and see what the gaffer’s thoughts are.”
Dan played 37 times with 6 goals for Everton from 2008, and previously he played for his home-town club Plymouth Argyle, where he played 24 times with a couple of goals.
Dan has played for all the England Youth teams, and has two appearances at the moment for the England U21 side, and he turns 21 early next month.
If Newcastle can get Seb Larsson to the club this week, Newcastle could have three new players in the side next month with Dan, Seb and of course a certain Mr. Hatem Ben Arfa.
That sounds very good.