Kevin Nolan Fixes Long-Standing Problem

We were a bit surprised last week when it was announced captain Kevin Nolan had undergone a minor operation on his ankle,  and he would miss the last two games of the season.

Kevin Nolan – got ankle problem fixed – at last

But Kevin has explained he’s had a problem with the ankle for some time now, due to scar tissue from two previous operations, and manager Alan Pardew decided to get it fixed once and for all.

Sounds good to us – and this is what Kevin told the local Newcastle press corps about the ankle today:

“I’ve had a long-standing problem where I was getting treatment day in, day out to get out on the training field and play every week.”

“There was a lot of scar tissue because I’ve had the previous two operations, and I’ve come back too early.

“We just wanted to give it the best time to heal and give myself the best chance that I won’t be going through these problems next season.

“I’ve been on crutches, but on Tuesday I’ll be off them and be able to walk, and slowly but surely build the ankle up again so I’m not having to go into physio rooms early doors before training and before games.”

“Hopefully, that’s the end of it.”  “I also had an injection in the back of my knee, which has been a bit of a problem over the last three or four months of the season.”

Players are always confronted with scar tissue after any operation, and too much of it  tends to limit the movement of the joint, be it the ankle or the knee.

And that’s what we were told was wrong with Dan Gosling earlier this year, when he had to have another minor operation on his knee to remove excess scar tissue – the one he had ACL surgery on a year last March.

So basically Dan was out over a year with that injury, making just one short sub appearance for Newcatsle against Sunderland in January, and we have to hope that Dan Gosling and Ben Arfa are fit and raring to go in pre-season.

As far as the operation on Kevin, it all sounds good to us, and very sensible that Kevin has finally got the problem fixed – and now we’ll expect at least another 12 goals from the midfielder nest season. 😀

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Zangwill_Ho

    May 18, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Good news

  • Nathaaan

    May 18, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #2

    Best to get it sorted when we arent scrounging for points and are playing younger players at the end of season.

  • SuperShearer

    May 18, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #3

    Lots of media outlets linking us with a move for Defoe. Not sure he’s really what we’re after. Not like he could play as a lone striker ahead of Ben Arfa.

  • ginkoh

    May 18, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #4

    I think Defoe can do the job here but he’s out of our tick-box. Too old and too expensive although he’s miles better than Ameobi and Carlton Cole.

  • Bell

    May 18, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #5

    as long as it’s gonna affect his game next season im happy.

    if theres one thing we need to try and stop its all these injuries!! don’t get me wrong a club is always gonna loose players to a injury that occurs in a game but to loose soooo many at the same time is such a nightmare!

    however it should hopefully continue in the mackem dressing room!


  • Rotonda heights

    May 18, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Do you think it might help him lose weight and be more mobile now ?

  • alex84

    May 18, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #7

    if you believe the chronicle then we are NOT in for Carlton Cole…thank fudge!!


    May 18, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #8

    Nest season? 🙂

  • coolcatcarter89

    May 18, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #9

    The London press reporting stories like the Carlton Cole one, many of them will be Spuds and Gooners. The last thing they want, is a team with the potential of ours getting up a head of steam, becoming contenders for their beloved European spots and eventually dislodging them. That’s why they spout rubbish continually, to try unsettle us, make it as difficult as possible to achieve, because it will be at their expense.

    Always keep that in mind.

    Nolan is a great captain, his presence is felt, although I see him starting maybe 1/3 of our games next season. There’s more to been a club captain than been on the pitch. I think he could be a fantastic super-sub when he isn’t starting.

  • coolcatcarter89

    May 18, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #10

    Also, it’s quite sickening to think, this season alone Xisco, Smith and Campbell have cost us around £6.7m! For what exactly?

  • toonarmy21

    May 18, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #11

    What do people think about Jon Walters of Stoke think he could be are target man not bad on the ground

  • GeordieGerman

    May 18, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #12

    coolcatcarter89, I’ve thought it was just the cockney press throwing names of crap players into the air hoping that a couple of them may hit Pardew and stick. Although my reasoning is the same as your’s.

  • shabunkin

    May 18, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #13

    be great if we could transplant Nolans brain into Lovenkrands head wouldnt it !!

  • G

    May 18, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #14

    back-tracking a bit, I would take Defoe in a heartbeat. Great finisher, great positioning, good team grafter. If we could get him on the cheap, at 28 he still has at least 4 years in him. Agreed, he probs can’t play as a lone striker, but he would give us another option.

  • G

    May 18, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Probs out of our price range, but interesting non the less:,17033,8652_6938865,00.html

  • The Entertainers

    May 18, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #16

    Nolan along with Barton are the two most influential Players we have. He’s so important and scores an unbelievable amount of goals season in season out.
    No matter who we buy next season, he’s a must for our team. He did tail off near end of season, but his injury may explain that now!

  • The Entertainers

    May 18, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #17

    Nolan should have won a call up by now, he’s been so consistent again and out scored:

    He certainly doesn’t get the recognition he deserves!

  • GeordieRob

    May 18, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #18


    Shrek too… There’s only 11 other players that outscored him in the league.

  • Birts

    May 18, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #19

    @ GeordieRob

    Also to back that up the other 11 are not all English

  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Glad to hear he’s having the ankle fixed but surely we need a pacy AM in to the club. We shouldn’t just rely on Gosling to fill that role. To take advantage of any incoming strikers we need some real pace in the centre of the pitch. Vuckic is still too young and very injury prone as well. Key positions are up the spine of the team so striker, CM, and CB are all positions we need to strengthen. Hoping for a very positive off-season with several key signings. All the best for the summer lads.

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    May 18, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #22

    Off topic, but what would people think about a cheeky bid for steven fletcher if wolves go dwn in the summer. Not saying he could be our number 9 but if we got him and another ‘big name’ striker would definatly improve our options up front. 4 – 6 million would do the job.

  • Andy

    May 18, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #23

    2 Ameobi’s i think i’d rather have Shane Long than Fletcher if we were paying those prices

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    May 18, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Simo Taylor Colo Enrique

    Barton Tiote Nolan

    Ben Arfa Jonas
    New CF

    Subs. Harps, Willo, R Taylor, Gosling, Ferguson, Ranger, Fletcher

    Europe here we come…

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    May 18, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Andy i agree shane long would be a better option if we could get him for that kinda money. If reading get promoted his value would increase and they may be reluctant to sell one of there best players. whereas if wolves go down they will be forced to sell.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Not enough pace in that midfield 2 AMEOBI’S. It looks like you want to play 4-3-2-1 which becomes 4-5-1 when we don’t have the ball. At home would be better to play 4-4-2 with 2 real strikers. We absolutely need 2 strikers to come in. I think we also need a pacy central midfielder to go forward as I have already said here. Take Nolan out when playing 4-4-2 and use him as a sub. If Ben Arfa doesn’t work as a RW we need another pacy player there. Also would be best to improve on Simpson at RB but keep him as a squad player. Part company with RTaylor, Sol, Smith, Peter, Kuqi, Perch, and possibly Shola if we get 2 strikers in.

  • Andy

    May 18, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Yeah if Reading go up we have no chance of getting him but from what i have seen of Swansea they are the better side and should hopefully beat them

  • GeordieRob

    May 18, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #28

    Would actually prefer to see Wolves thump Blackburn this weekend and give them a shot at relegation.

    Wolves have come good at the right time. They’d have to be unlucky to go down now. 2 of Blackpool, Wigan and Birmingham would have to win and they’d have to lose.

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    May 18, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #29

    Geordie rob it was more of a 4-3-3 with nolan and barton supporting the attack with tiote holding and jonas and hba cutting in from the wings. but i agree we definatly need 2 new strikers.

    Andy wouldnt want swansea promoted, got nothing against them just doesnt sit right that a wesh team is in the english premier leauge.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Long looks good at that level and he seems a good lad who is more mature than most at 24. Still not sure how he would do back in the Prem. I guess we all hope for a top striker for the no 9 shirt and it would be interesting to have Long in to put some heat on Ranger who really needs to improve a lot next season. If we get 2 strikers definitely think we should send Ranger out on loan and see what Airey is like by playing him a few minutes some games.

  • GeordieToon89

    May 18, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #31

    a say we should go for
    Demba Ba – £6.5million
    Daniel Sturridge – £11/14million
    failling that chuck a bid in for Robert Lewandowski of say £7million and Defoe £8million.. then back up our team with cheap but good players

    Marvin Martin – £4million
    Cheik M’Bengue – £5million
    N’Zogbia – £9million
    Kayal – £7million

  • GeordieTwo

    May 18, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #32

    That’s a lot of spending GeordieToon89 for an owner like ours. The way Torres is playing I don’t think Chelsea will part with Sturridge. Defoe is an interesting one but I think he will cost more like 15 million (overpriced but who isn’t these days). M’Bengue will also cost more than 5 million. I would be happy with a bid for Sow and Defoe but not sure we will see either in black and white. Long seems a more realistic target if Reading don’t go up and Zog has so much baggage attached he would be a real risk to the new spirit of the team. Ba is also a very likely target as he shouldn’t be too over priced yet. Anyway time will tell.


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