It has certainly been a tough slog back to fitness for Newcastle’s 21 year-old Dan Gosling.
Dan Gosling – this lad has had a very tough 10 months
But after having a second corrective operation on his knee, to remove a floating cartilage, hopefully things are back on track for the former Plymouth and Everton midfielder.
It must have been very difficult for this youngster to go through the last 10 month, but hopefully in a couple of months he’ll be playing regularly for Newcastle United.
Gosling is back on the road to recovery, and the Plymouth-born youngster, who turned 21 last Wednesday (Happy Birthday!), has said this has been the toughest year of his life – and that doesn’t surprise us one little bit.
Dan had played so well in his two Reserve team appearances, and then came on for his debut as a substitute at Sunderland, but after that, his knee swelled up and he had to have it operated on once again, two weeks ago.
This is what the England U21 International said today:
“The swelling never really went away, so I was constantly fighting an uphill battle really,”
“I was back and I felt good, but every day was the same that when I was training or playing it would get really stiff. The fluid on my knee kept coming back and it was preventing my thighs from working, so I was losing muscle all the time.”
“They went back in, drained the fluid out twice and there was a big lump of scar tissue which was preventing me from getting full flexion and straightening my leg properly.”
“They removed that, so now hopefully it’s done the trick. It feels a lot better already, so I think once the swelling goes down I can kick on and get back to what I was doing.”
“The wounds have healed up nicely and it’s now just a matter of being patient with it, respecting the knee, and giving it as much time as it needs.” “I still want a few games before the end of the season and will be working as hard as I can to do that,”
“If the knee’s not ready I will have to wait, but if it is then hopefully if I get a chance I will take it with both hands.” “The main aim is to be fit for pre-season though. I don’t want to have any niggles or anything like that.”
“I want to get through it fine and then hopefully get a full season under my belt.” “This year has been the worst one of my life, and i didn’t think I would ever have to go through something like this.”
” But I have, and hopefully I come out the other side more grown up and knowing more about my body.” “It makes you stronger as a person. I’ve had some really tough days but the people closest to me have helped me a lot.”
“I owe a lot of gratitude to them and the physios, who have helped work me through it. Everyone has been great.”
Good words from Dan.
That old saying about if it doesn’t kill you it makes you stronger, will no doubt hold true for the youngster, who looked a really good player when he was back playing, even though it was just for three games.
One of the big problems when you have a major operation, like an ACL, is the scar tissue, and sometimes the surgeons have to go back in there to remove the tissue, and that seems to have happened with Dan.
Scar tissue will a big problem with Alan Smith, as he recovers from his latest ankle injury, because it’s the same ankle he very badly damaged, while he was at Manchester United.
Hopefully, Dan is now over the worst, and there will be no further complications.
It’s very very difficult coming back from an injury like this, and it tests both your physical and mental toughness big time – we know through personal experience.
But we’ll be happy enough if Dan is fit and ready to go next season, although if he can get a few games in towards the end of the season, that would be good too.
Our best wishes go out to Dan for a full and complete recovery over the next six weeks or so.