Dan Gosling was brought on after 90 minutes, in the derby game with Sunderland, on Sunday 16th January, to make his Newcastle debut.
Dan Gosling – in action against Sunderland
And that happens to be the last time Newcastle fans have seen the 21 year-old midfielder, and after that game, Dan suffered a reaction, with severe swelling in his knee.
He had damaged the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) of his knee a year ago last month, playing for Everton in a game against Wolves.
Near the end of that game he had clashed with American goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann, and sustained the very serious knee injury.
The Sunderland game was ten weeks ago today, and Dan had to have a second operation on the knee, and during the surgery, some cartilage and scar tissue was removed, and that had been the apparent cause of the swelling.
But there is finally some good news today about Gosling, who was signed as a free agent from Everton, in rather bizarre circumstances last summer.
This is what manager Alan Pardew said about Dan today:
“He is recovering. He should be back in training after the Man United game,”
“What can I say about him? I haven’t seen a lot of him yet.” “I had a little glimpse of him – he had a little bit of action against Sunderland and I haven’t seen him play since.”
“Speaking to coaches at Everton and here, he’s highly regarded. He’s got a lot to prove yet, but there’s a great opportunity to see him.”
The main thing with Dan is that he fully recovers from his ACL injury, which not too long ago was an injury that ended the careers of footballers.
It’s a similar situation to the Ben Arfa case, and Dan shouldn’t be rushed back this season, when he can have the whole summer to further recover from the serious injury.
One the bright side, Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling will be like two new players for Newcastle next season.
That’s certainly something to look forward to.