Davide Santon – to have key hole syrgery on right knee
The Newcastle full-back, who is yet to make his debut for the Magpies will be out at least a month, after a cartilage problem flared up in training on Thursday.
Alan Pardew has said it is a major worry, and now Mike Williamson and Davide Santon are two back four players out at the very least, for four weeks.
We’ll just have to hope their are no injuries to any more of our back four players, and Alan may even be forced to bring James Tavernier back from his loan spell at Carlisle United.
With Santon out, Newcastle have only Shane Ferguson as a natural left-back and it could be that Ryan Taylor will continue in that role, although he’s playing out of position.
And Ryan also suffered a roasting at the hands (or should that be feet) of Shaun Wright Phillips on Monday night at Loftus Road .
Maybe it’s time to bring in Shane Ferguson, who has never let the first team down when he’s played at left-back, in fact usually he’s been the star man.
Santon had some soreness in his right knee after training on Thursday, and this is not the first time he’s been troubled with that knee, and we assume Newcastle knew all about his injury worries when they signed him on August 30th.
Davide will have key-hole surgery to clear out whatever’s in the knee, and he should be fit again in about four weeks time, which is not too bad, and it could have been a lot worse.
This is what manager Pardew said on Thursday night:
“It’s a worry. It looks like it could be a cartilage and it’s not something you want when he’s just come into the building.
“Maybe we’re looking at a month out. He’s going to have to get it cleaned out, it’s keyhole surgery nowadays which is a quicker operation but it will certainly mean at least four weeks out.”
“He’s been through a really thorough medical and he’s a little bit unlucky as we’re only a week or so on from the medical. He trained today and trained well.”
“It was just when he came off, he complained a little bit and we’re erring on the side of caution with him.” “Davide has had a few injuries in the last couple of years which isn’t ideal.
We now have to hope the young Italian heals quickly, but surely Shane Ferguson now deserves a start at left back?