Will the bad news on the injury front at Newcastle never stop?
Dan Gosling – his bad knee is now swollen
Bad news today about 20 year-old Dan Gosling, who has appeared in three games over the last week or so, in his comeback from a serious knee injury.
His previously injured knee has unfortunately swelled up.
It could be that he’s just played too many games too early, and fluid has gathered in the knee, but this is hardly a good sign.
Dan had a serious anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, which he picked up 10 months ago, when playing for Everton against Wolves.
And it’s still not too long ago that this type of injury ended players’ careers in football.
This is what Alan Pardew said today about Dan:
“The knee on which Dan had the operation has swelled up.” “We’ve got to be very careful with him, so we’ve just withdrawn him from training.”
“It’s difficult with Dan.” “We’re purposely taking our time with him, but he’s still ahead of schedule.”
Tomorrow’s game is the last one until Newcastle play at Fulham a week on Wednesday – so hopefully Dan can get some rest and treatment on the knee.
But it’s probably rest he needs most – since it seems he may have played too much too early.
Newcastle will now be even more cautious in bringing Dan back, and that’s the right thing to do.
We have to hope that’s all this is.
And the Newcastle club will also have to be very careful in the way they bring Ben Arfa back too, and it would be foolish to risk bringing the Frenchman back too quickly.
Dan and Hatem are important young players at the Tyneside club, and both can improve even further, to become top players for Newcastle United.