We’ve seen with the Dan Gosling case, that long term injuries can be very difficult to come back from, and of course Dan has been out of action since last March, when he injured the ACL in his knee while playing his very last game for Everton.
Dan Gosling – cruel luck on this lad
And the bad news is that the knee has swollen up, and it has not settled down with the rest he’s had this last week, and so he will be out for a month – but that’s going to be at least a month we think.
It looks like Dan will need to have another operation on the knee, as the club medics suspect there is a floating cartilage in there.
And Andy Carroll’s injury is still a bit of a mystery to everybody, and of course he will be in Sweden today, and we hope the specialist can quickly get to the bottom of the problems with Andy’s thigh injury.
But we’ve heard some good news too, in fact very good news about our other long term injured player – Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa.
And we couldn’t believe it yesterday, when we learned Ben Arfa had to have an emergency operation last November in Paris, but the news is good and he should return to Newcastle within a couple of weeks.
Apparently he had an infection in the injured leg, which would have stopped the bones from knitting together properly, so the operation solved all of that – and that’s very good.
And there was some real talk that his career could have been over – and that’s what was alarming – to say the least.
But it could well be that Dan and Ben Arfa are not fully fit to play for some time, which is even more reason why Alan Pardew may want to bring in a couple of new players before next Monday night, even if they are both on loan.
It’s a good question whether Newcastle need another striker, but it seems that between Ameobi, Best, Lovenkrands and young Nile Ranger, the lads may be able to get the job done, while Andy is out.
We never even mentioned Spanish U21 International Xisco in there, and as we’ve said before we think the 24 year old wants to see the rest of his 5 year contract out at Newcastle, although he will hardly play in the first team, and he;s on big wages too.
Memories of Marcelino come flooding back.
But Newcastle may need some wingers, because Newcastle let Wayne Routledge go earlier this month, without first having a replacement in for him, and Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling can both play on the wings, and they will not be available for some time still.
It also seems that Newcastle fans are quietly confident the team can do fairly well in the PL this season, and certainly they have played well since Alan Pardew arrived in Toon, and also had a great start under Chris Hughton, of course.
But anything can happen in the Premier League – as we all found out two years ago.
And we also notice the relegation threatened sides like West Ham and Birmingham are rather active in this month’s transfer market, so we’ll be happy enough to reach say 42 points – just as quickly as possible.
That’s another 4 wins, and it seems that goal could be helped with a couple of good new players coming in before next Monday night, doesn’t it?
What do you think?
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