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. 😀