Some very good news today is that one of Newcastle’s injured players has rejoined the first team training, and Dan Gosling did that last Wednesday.
Dan Gosling – in action at Sunderland earlier this year
Dan had a terrible ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) knee injury he sustained 13 months ago playing at Wolves, and he did return to play for Newcastle in the last few minutes of the game at Sunderland earlier this year.
But his knee swelled up again, and that needed a remedial operation, which hopefully has done the job and cleared things up with the knee, once and for all.
It’s really great news that Dan is back in training, and hopefully he’ll be able to play again before the end of the season.
This is what Dan told the Sunday Sun today:
“I thought the injury problems were all over so the extra four months have been agony,” “I knew things weren’t right looking back but you’re desperate to be part of it. And to get a taste of it in a derby against Sunderland only made it harder to have to start again.”
“It was boring at first, being back in the gym doing the same exercises I was doing eight months ago. Three, four weeks of the same stuff – it’s boring and repetitive even though you know it has got to be done.”
“So I got through a few box sets to pass the time. I battled a few of the lads at FIFA but after that it was the DVD box-sets all the way. I reckon I’ve ticked them all off now. I’ve been through every season of Entourage, I’ve done Prison Break from series one to four and 24 as well.”
“I was even on Desperate Housewives by the end! I probably shouldn’t admit that but they’re good to be honest, just watch them if you don’t believe me!” “Seriously they kept me going, kept the clock ticking while I couldn’t go out and do what I wanted to do – which was play football for a living.”
Desperate Housewives – now that really is desperation! 😀
Dan is obviously very keen to play as soon as possible, and he’s even eying the game against the Red Devils on Tuesday evening, but we doubt very much that he will be on the bench for that game.
The remedial operation he had a few months back was to remove some floating cartilage, drain the fluid from the swollen knee, and also trim some scar tissue that had developed from the operation last year.
Dan returned to first team training last Wednesday morning, and that’s just terrific news, and he talked about that:
“I’m feeling fine now,” “My lungs are burning a bit but the knee feels fine – it feels strong. I trained for the first time on Wednesday and it felt good, it felt great. “This time I’ll take it slowly – no setbacks and no rushing things.”
“If I get a game before the end of the season, great. If I have to wait until next season, so be it.” “I would love to play against Manchester United.” “I’m available if needed. It’s not my decision, but if the manager, physios and coaches get together and decide I can, then I’ll make myself available.”
“It does feel very different to last time. Leading up to the game, in training, it never really felt right to be honest. The problem was floating cartilage apparently and I didn’t feel right at all.” “I needed half-an-hour’s treatment every time I’d been training just to loosen it up.”
“And then every morning it was stiff again – I couldn’t move my leg.” “Playing in the Sunderland game was maybe the wrong decision, looking back.” “But it was no-one’s fault and it didn’t set me back at all because if I hadn’t played, I’d still have needed the operation.”
Dan says he doesn’t want to rush things this time around, but still wants to play against the Red Devils on Tuesday night – sounds like a 21 year-old to us.
Newcastle fans will be hoping to welcome back two of Newcastle’s biggest young stars before the end of the season, in 21 year-old Dan Gosling and 24 year-old Hatem Ben Arfa, and both have been through hell and high water recovering from their serious injuries.
Between them they have only 5 appearances for the Newcastle first team this season.
It would be just terrific if both lads can play a couple of game before the end of the season, and prove to themselves, they have fully recovered – and just think – these are two new players we already have for next season.
And news today that Newcastle have already made several offers in the transfer market could bode well for a much stronger squad for next season.
We hope so in any case, and as always, we live in hope that Newcastle can become great again, and sooner rather than later.