Santon To Have Knee Operation – Out For Four Weeks

There’s more news late Thursday night, about Davide Santon’s knee injury.

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?

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far


    Sep 15, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #1

    Fergie maybe cos raylor beginin to look out of his depth!!!

  • soundoid

    Sep 15, 2011 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Jonas at leftback?

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Sep 15, 2011 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Fergie is a winger his talents are wasted in defence.

  • MacToon

    Sep 16, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #4

    It didn’t take an Einstein to see were entering the season with too thin a squad, an injury or two more in defence and we’re really going to struggle big time.

    We’re already pinning our hopes on HBA coming back because we’re stuggling for goals and poor Ferguson is to be thrown to the lions as left-back, great.
    How anyone can support Ashley and ANY of his decisions is beyond me. Gotta feel sorry for Pardew as he’s been dropped right in it by Ashley and Llambias.

  • wynsleap

    Sep 16, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #5

    “Davide has had a few injuries in the last couple of years which isn’t ideal” says Pardew.
    Well why the Hell did we buy him?
    Wouldn’t another million to get a perfectly fit Pieters have been more beneficial?
    Ashley may be a gambler but he’s not a good one.

  • FarAwayGeordie

    Sep 16, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Iquite like the idea of jonas at left back , he looked out of sorts against QPR ..
    Hes already very good at tracking back and covering, will also give marveaux the chance to start against villa

  • thai-mag

    Sep 16, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #7

    if pardew says at least 4 weeks then we will be lucky to get him back by xmas then

  • LeedsMag

    Sep 16, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #8

    This is looking like yet another sorry managerial cock up.Surely with his history the medical must have raised some concerns.It would also explain why a young player with potential was so easily loaned out then sold on.
    Instead of the 1 in 1 out policy, we needed extra cover and a bit more money(not a fortune) could have secured a fit first choice full back.
    Lets hope Kadar gets himself fit
    You couldnt make this up really -so predictable

  • djm...

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #9

    Quick question, how come so many of you feel fergie can’t play left back because it’s not his natural position but I see team sheets with gosling on the wing when he is naturally a player in the middle.

    Dont get me wrong I dont like players out of position as I think Newcastle fans are fickle and will slate them for bad performances like danny Guthrie. I remember a few years back, the best left foot I have seen at the club in my lifetime Hugo viana was played on the left and because he was a slow central playmaker was wasted and fans instantly thought he wasn’t good enough.

  • shamsoftabriz

    Sep 16, 2011 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Was wondering why a player the Italians referred to as “the next Maldini” would be let go for such a small transfer fee. Perhaps a chronic cartilage problem is one reason?

    Tavernier played alright during the preseason, as did Shane. They are capable players. Neither offers quality anywhere near that of Enrique, but they are capable. Might make sense to let them take over the position and move Ryan Taylor back to midfield or perhaps put him on the bench as a sub.

    Hope for the best with Santon and also hope that HBA returns and helps the midfield to take pressure off the back line in general. Regardless of who plays defense, we cannot keep clearing for our lives like that and expect to continue to evade defeat. Off to google Santon’s earlier knee problems….ugh.

  • terencelim

    Sep 16, 2011 at 3:52 AM

    Comment #11

    This is not a training injury jinx.

    Anyone who knew Santon or Serie A well should know Davide Santan had this injury long time ago which was one of the main reasons that dragging his career down.

    But our fat owner will only pay for these type of players because they are cheap like China labour =)

    Oh he may as well import some China labours to play for the club next season.

  • terencelim

    Sep 16, 2011 at 3:53 AM

    Comment #12

    And this is another thing I’ve learnt about Newcastle= When they say 4 weeks, which means 7 weeks.

  • geoff777

    Sep 16, 2011 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #13

    There’s a pretty good information page here

    The last paragraph says four weeks before you can resume sporting activities.
    So he’ll start light training in four weeks …

    These things happen, hopefully he’ll be getting his debut mid-November.

    Buona fortuna Davide.


  • Persian Geordie

    Sep 16, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #14

    if he goes to the S

  • Persian Geordie

    Sep 16, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #15

    If he goes to the stedmans clinic in colorado he’ll be back in 2-3 weeks.

    as for the complainers! plaming Ashley is just stupid. The kid was fully fit when he joined us, played for Italy last week and for us 3 days ago, get a life and start supporting the team.

    this is what i’ll do for Villa now.

    Simpson, S.Taylor, Collo, Fergie
    Tiote, R.Taylor
    Obertan, Cabaye, Jonas

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Sep 16, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #16

    Good to hear gbs and mactoon back on form and with more valid points than those that think jabba is good for our club!
    Yet the jabba jumpers still think the sun shines out of greedy buddhas fat ar5e!
    At the end of the day boys, I honestly think the fat f11ck is lining us up fir a sale, and my hatred is turning to hope!

    A bit of a thought for the lovers on here….. AP said they buy players with injuries because they come with a price and wage commensurate with there injury!!!!

    This is NOT the way to do transfer business! Now proven!!!!!

  • gorgonzola

    Sep 16, 2011 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #17

    For FAK SAKES….this is great news…so NO LB now…. is this club cursed or what…? Ow…we have Ashley 😀

  • gorgonzola

    Sep 16, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #18

    WHy cant we take some players on loan when does the loan window open?

  • markmac

    Sep 16, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #19

    Id start raylor at LB because he’s been playing there lately but bring on fergie for a good half hour or so, as for the lads saying hes a winger, how many wingers have you seen converted over the years? and the need for a LB is more pressing at the minute!!


  • magpiebop

    Sep 16, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #20

    Ferguson at left back and Tavernier at right back and we’ll look a lot better.

  • Lee Dodd

    Sep 16, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #21

    Just Typical of Our Luck. Gosling – Ben Arfa – Now Santon .. at least we can use Ryan Taylor He has Been Awsome all season so farr. 3 Points against The Villa again . Europa cup spot this season i Reccon Guys ?? ahhhh yes sunderland for relagation would be Puckka — Lovely Jubley !!!!

  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 16, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #22

    i wanna see Marveaux play at LB as he showed pace skill a good tackle intelligent positioning and he plays it simple too which will also free up jonas to actually attack + Fergie is a LW not LB but hes happy to cover there as hes got a great attitude

  • weg

    Sep 16, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #23

    It’s just bloody typical for the toon!
    We needed cover at LB even before Enrique left. So we should have bought 2 LBs never mind one(Santon AND Pieters), but Mike Ashley’s as tight as the little mermaids arse!
    As for Ferguson, he’s already shown that he can do a good job at LB – if he’s good enough, he’s old enough!
    Raylor is a stop-gap at LB who is starting to crack in that position, and ferguson is more used to that role. He has to come in now that he’s back fit.
    Jonas IS NOT a LB! He covers well as a winger dropping back to help out, but playing AS a LB is too much for him!

  • theleckworthbird

    Sep 16, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #24

    I said at the end of last season we should avoid injured or injury prone players. And look what’s happened! I think Ashley snaps these players up because they are sold on the cheap, but what good does that do if they can’t play?


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