It seems that Newcastle have tried to play down concerns about Davide Santon’s knee injury.
Davide Santon – injury not related to previous ones
Davide picked up the knee injury yesterday in training, and it was said last night that he would be having key-hole surgery, since the injury was thought to be related to some cartilage damage.
However, in the local papers today in Newcastle, it seems the injury may not be as bad as first thought, and we’re not sure whether the surgery will still be necessary.
But since it’s minimally invasive surgery, we suppose it will go ahead early next week, but after Newcastle medics have looked more closely at the Italian International’s right knee.
Not surprisingly, Santon has been ruled out of tomorrow’s game against Aston Villa, but Newcastle have today issued a statement and have said the injury is not related to any previous injury Davide has sustained in his short career.
This is that statement Newcastle released earlier today:
“Newcastle United can confirm that Davide Santon sustained an injury to his right knee during training yesterday which will keep him out of Saturday’s match with Aston Villa,”
“The player had a scan on Thursday afternoon and will undergo treatment over the weekend and will be reviewed by a specialist early next week.
“Davide was injury-free when he completed his pre-signing medical examination and scans.” “The injury he sustained on Thursday is not connected to his previous injuries.”
Obviously there were immediate concerns that an old injury had flared up, but it has to be good news that it’s not related to any previous injury, although it does seem as though Santon has been troubled by quite a few injuries in his career, which is not particularly good news.
Newcastle seem to have gone on the offensive today to alleviate concerns, because they have also signed Demba Ba in the summer, and the Senegal striker failed a medical at Stoke City last January, due to his knee.
But this is still a bit of a setback for both Newcastle and the player himself of course, since Davide still has to make his senior debut, although he played 70 minutes last Tuesday, and looked good in the Newcastle Reserves 6-0 thrashing of Norwich City.
Let’s hope the injury turns out to be much less serious than first thought.