Davide Santon Could Be Back For Blackburn Game


There is potentially some very good news being reported in the Sunday Sun today.

Davide  Santon – may be ready for next Saturday?

And that is that Davide Santon’s knee injury is likely to be not as severe as first thought, and it may be that he is available for next Saturday’s home game against an improving Blackburn Rovers side.

Alan Pardew talked about  the current injury prognosis of the Italian youngster:

“He’s had fluid taken from his knee and we think, fingers crossed, that will be OK.” “Maybe he’ll be available for next weekend,”

“If that doesn’t cure the problem we think he’ll probably have an operation in there where we just go in and tidy it up. It’s not a cartilage, just a little bit of scar tissue.”

So we hope the removal of the fluid will do the trick and he doesn’t need the key-hole surgery he was going to undertake tomorrow.

It’s very likely a similar thing to what Dan Gosling suffered from last January, and the removal of scar tissue in Dan’s knee seemed to be the solution,  although Pardew held the former Everton player back a little,  to ensure he recovered fully.

When players have these operations, the  scar tissue often becomes a problem in itself, and even if Davide is not available for next Saturday’s game, it is good news if he doesn’t need the key-hole surgery.

But on the side of caution, the Newcastle medics will need to ensure the lad is fully fit before he’s named in the squad for the Blackburn game.

We’ll hope for the best.

Comments welcome.



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123 comments so far

  • sammydolan

    Sep 18, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Need to get him in for Ryan Taylor, i fear if we face someone better than SWP we could be in trouble!

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  • spitfire_

    Sep 18, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    If this is true Christmas will come earlier, Hatem also will be available…

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  • wapparia

    Sep 18, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #3

    I sure hope so. I am looking forward to seeing him play. Hope cabaye starts banging them volleys in soon

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  • StevieGee

    Sep 18, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    I was at the match yesterday and agree with people that it was a good performance and that we definitely should have won the game.

    Although I’m just catching up with the comments on this blog this morning and see a lot of people saying Tiote had an excellent game. Sadly you must have only seen the highlights because what I saw was Tiote constantly give away the ball, get caught in possession and put us under pressure. on a couple of occasions his giving the ball away at the back gave Villa decent opportunities to score and it was only because of Taylor, Collo & Krul clearing up and making good tackles that we didn’t concede from it.

    He made up for it by providing the cross for Best’s goal but on several occasions he looked up and passed the ball across the middle of the park with no Toon player in sight and a Villa player would pic the ball up and break fast.

    he broke up play in the middle of the park but he’s still sloppy in possession and also keeps turning back on himself rather than make an easy pass which concerns me and infuriated a lot of the fans at the game yesterday.

    I realise this has turned in to a negative comment but from my point of view Tiote till hasn’t improved from last week and I felt he should have been dropped after the QPR match.

    I hope we see more of Marveaux next match as he showed enough in the last ten or fifteen minutes to show he can create opportunities for us.

    Best is definitely our best striker but Ba also showed some promise today.

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 18, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #5

    For me the team that played yesterday should play against Blackburn

    Santon and HBA on subs bench and brought on. Team played well yesterday good in possession and always looked like scoring…if it isn’t broke don’t fix it imo

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  • dmac

    Sep 18, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #6

    I agree that Tiote was abysmal against qpr and still not immense against villa however to regain the match sharpness he needs to be featuring in the games. Besides who is the holding mid cover? Guthrie? No ta.

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  • Andy

    Sep 18, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7

    I would start marv on tuesday and if he impresses in a full match then i think we should give him the start. Truth be told whoever is lm v blackburn should have a field day v michel salgado. Jonas would be better on the right v them as hoilett usually plays on the left and is their best player imo. Given free run he could cause problems

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Sep 18, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    I think the Blackburn game is going to be too soon to put Santon in from the start!
    I would give him a bit more time and a couple more weeks to be totally sure of his fitness!

    As for the game at Loftus road, it was an away point! Where was the tactical disaster! Abit too negative here Ed !

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  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 18, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #9

    why is guthrie on bench and not gosling

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 18, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Andy
    I would expect Marv and Gosling to start on tuesday…and maybe Sammy will get 45 minutes

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  • Andy

    Sep 18, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Same WWJBD. Also think guthrie will start. And lovenkrands. Marv in the very little cameo appearences i have seen of him i can’t remember him giving the ball away. Read an article but can’t find it that said during his time on he created 3 chances. Cabaye had 7 for the full match. Obertan also most successful player on the pitch for taking on his man

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  • Munich Mag

    Sep 18, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #12

    This article is all over the place. The lad doesn’t need keyhole surgery, he could be available for Blackburn, they’ll remove fluid from his knee, but if that doesn’t work he’ll have an operation….etc etc….

    Poor stuff…totally misleading…

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 18, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #13

    Andy
    Aye sexy pete will be playing probably Shola too wouldnt be stunned if Perch was a starter as well

    I would keep Tiote in the team though he needs to keep playing to get sharpness back imo

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  • Munich Mag

    Sep 18, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #14

    Have noticed this about Tiote before….his distribution could improve, and he get’s caught with his head down doing his Magic Roundabout bit…

    Often the problem is lack of options, cos the bloke doesn’t like to give the ball away, midfield or strikers don’t show, but he will improve for sure…and in the mean time we’re still doing ok..

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 18, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #15

    We played a pretty good team against SCU, not far from our starting 11.
    I won’t expect too many changes, as Nottingham should statistically be harder to beat.

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  • aussiemag

    Sep 18, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #16

    This would be our strongest team and I think best formation until the next transfer window assuming everyone is fit that is.

    ===============KRUL==============
    SIMPSON===SAYLOR==COLA====SANTON
    ===============TIOTE===========================MARVEUAX=======CABAYE============================BEN ARFA==================== =======BEST===============BA==============

    SUBS:
    Marveaux for Obertan.
    Cabaye for Jonas
    Brst/Ba for Sammy Ameobi

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  • shearermania

    Sep 18, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #17

    yesterday we played some good stuff…was really surprised how good we passed it at times – even if we had lost the game it would have been very positive. in the other matches we had looked incredible scared of actually have the ball….but it was a different team….in fairness the game could have gone either way and a draw was probably the most fair…..but great display – well done boys

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  • aussiemag

    Sep 18, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #18

    Should be
    4-2-2-2 with CDM RW LW and CAM with L/R Strikers
    IN A DIAMOND SHAPE

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  • davybtoon

    Sep 18, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #19

    well lads do we want scum to get beat today or do we want a draw so we can stay 4th

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  • pardew no 1

    Sep 18, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #20

    what so do u guy think ben arfa will be on the bench

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  • Andy

    Sep 18, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #21

    Barton on goals on sunday. Very good so far. Enjoying listening to him grief karl ‘kelvin’ henry

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  • aussiemag

    Sep 18, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #22

    ================KRUL===============
    SIMPSON===SAYLOR==COLA====SANTON
    ================TIOTE===============
    MARVEUX====================CABAYE
    ===============BEN ARFA============
    ====BEST===================BA======

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  • supatoonkid

    Sep 18, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #23

    We got to win against Blackburn next weekend so Pards needs to change the team alot for Forest on Tuesday as we need to give chances to youngsters and subs plus Forest are playing shit at the moment so we could beat them with a second string team but it’s the Carling Cup so won’t be bad if we get knocked out but this is my starting XI for Tuesday:

    ==================ELLIOT===================
    R. TAYLOR===S. TAYLOR====PERCH===FERGUSON
    MARVEUX===GOSLING====GUTHRIE===BEN ARFA
    ============BA=====LOVENKRANDS==========

    Bench:
    SODERBERG
    SIMPSON
    COLLOCINI
    ABEID
    OBERTAN
    SAMMY AMEOBI
    SHOLA AMEOBI

    I think Vuckic is still out with hand injury, but not sure about Fergie and Gosling so if they are not able to start put Ryan Taylor on left back and start Simpson at right back and have Abeid in the middle instead of Gosling.

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 18, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #24

    Barton was top draw yesterday in the wolves match ripped them apart, was dangerously fouled by Henry and taunted the wolves fans who jeered him….classic

    God I love Barton

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  • davybtoon

    Sep 18, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #25

    my team for forest

    elliott
    rtaylor perch kadar ferguson
    sammi guthrie gosling marveux
    ba ben arfa

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  • Andy

    Sep 18, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #26

    http://www.whoscored.com/Matches/505592/LiveStatistics/England-Premier-League-2011-2012-Aston-Villa-Newcastle

    Really interesting stat site. Marveaux 7 passes 7 successful 3 key passes. Not bad! Cabaye 91% pass completion. Tiote 84% but had more touches on the ball. His tackling and interceptions are also v good. 6 interceptions. Best on the team

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 18, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #27

    Harper
    Simmo Saylor Perch Raylor
    Obertan Gosling Tiote Marv
    Lovenkrands Ba

    Would be my team against Forest

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Sep 18, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #28

    MY FORMATION

    for Forest game:

    ===============ELLIOT================

    R.TAYLOR===PERCH=====S.TAYLOR======FERGIE

    ====AHBEID======CABAYE====GOSLING======

    MARVEAUX=========BEST=============SAMMY^

    OR GIVE CABAYE A REST (AHBEID==GOSLING==GUTHRIE)

    ^sammy cameo infor jonas

    AND TRANSFORM IT TO 4-5-1 THEN AFRA IS SUBBED IN:

    ===============ROB================

    R.TAYLOR==PERCH==S.TAYLOR====FERGIE

    ========GOSLING===CABAYE*===========

    MARVEAUX======BEN ARFA========JONAS^

    ================BA=================

    *GUTHRIE
    ^Sammy cameo
    P.S I WOULD LIKE TO SEE KADAR IN ACTION TOO. COULD HE PLAY RB?
    3-1 OR VICTORY FOR THE US.

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  • Klatoon

    Sep 18, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #29

    Sammy took his “goal” really well yesterday. Dinked that ball into the side of the net from way out on the LW,too bad the whistle had gone about 5 seconds earlier. Still don’t know how Given kept that Cabaye volley out, with one hand too.

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Sep 18, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #30

    pardew said he will play benny behind the striker so it probably will be shola (for forest game) but i hope it will be Ba, or at least Loverkrands.

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  • MacToon

    Sep 18, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #31

    Here’s a stat for you all,

    Balls from Krul:
    1st half,
    passed 8
    hoofed up field 3

    2nd half
    passed 6
    hoofed up field 15

    For some reason after we scored Krul began to hoof the ball up field alot more and cannot understand it.

    Anyway, good match and we definately played much better and long may it continue.

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  • colwell

    Sep 18, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Good to see Joey Barton talking sense on goals on Sunday. He says exactly what everyone thinks or blogs etc.

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  • phantom santon

    Sep 18, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #33

    So , didn’t an in the know ex physio who posts on here come in doom mongering say he was in the treatment room saying wantons knee looked like ligament damage. Doom mongering Bull crap

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  • Satan

    Sep 18, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #34

    On Santon…fluid taken from his knee? Original scar tissue? Didn’t the club say last week in their statement that this had nothing to do with his original injury? hmmm yet more verbal diarrhoea!

    @StevieGee
    I saw the entire match yesterday and maybe I had a better overall view of the game than you I don’t know, but to suggest Tiote was poor is way off the mark….he’s been off the pace in every game so far this season trying to find his sharpness but yesterday he had a good game; broke play up, closed down, kept it simple and set up a few decent moves.
    Should have been dropped you say? I dont think so

    Looking forward to seeing Marveaux getting a few starts soon, looked very tidy when he came on yesterday, we should be in decent shape with HBA, Marveaux and Santon to come in soon hopefully

    ————————–KRUL
    SIMPSON – S.TAYLOR – COLOCCINI – SANTON
    ——————-TIOTE – CABAYE
    GUTTIEREZ – BEN ARFA – MARVEAUX
    ———————-BEST or BA

    Think we’ll get through to January in reasonable shape then if we’re able to bring in a CF and LB/CB in the window we could have a good season HWTL

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  • geoff777

    Sep 18, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #35

    Tiote looks to be improving match by match.

    He breaks up play so well.
    A few uncharacteristic mistakes but he needs games.

    Calls for him to be dropped are crazy.

    As for passing backwards … that’s called keeping possession.

    If fans want us to play a beautiful passing game and not just hoof it forward.
    Then passing backwards, or sidewards is part and parcel of building up pressure on the opposition.
    It makes them commit fouls in frustration and stretches play.

    Passing backwards is cool if we keep the ball.

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  • Klatoon

    Sep 18, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #36

    The backwards passing aint too bad,its the risky wayward crossfield square passes which put us under pressure.

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Sep 18, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #37

    SOOPATOONKID, I THINK YOUR FORMATION SHOULD BE A BIT DFRNT AND LOOK MORE LIKE IT, B’COS PARDEW SAID BENNY #10.

    ==================ELLIOT=================

    R. TAYLOR===S. TAYLOR====PERCH===FERGUSON

    =========GOSLING====GUTHRIE==============

    MARVEAUX========BEN ARFA=======LOVERKRANDS

    =================BA========================

    or

    ==================ELLIOT=================

    R. TAYLOR===S. TAYLOR====PERCH===FERGUSON

    =====MARVEAUX====GOSLING====GUTHRIE=======

    ================BEN ARFA==================

    =============BA===LOVERKRANDS==============

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  • Satan

    Sep 18, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #38

    Checking the Opta stats from yesterday, Tiote made 88 passes with an 84% completion rate and had more touches of the ball (117) than any other player on the field, this is without even considering the times he broke up play, won tackles and closed down opposition moves. He was almost back to his old self yesterday from what i saw (which was the entire game) I think he’s struggled for sharpness in the early games this year having not had a pre-season. I dont understand some of the negative comments on him, both he and Cabaye bossed that midfield

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  • AMEOBI

    Sep 18, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #39

    Just been the bookies got my coupon! What u think lads?

    ??Birmingham, rangers, man utd, man city, liverfool and stoke

    640quid on 2quid not bad hey

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  • Jesus1983

    Sep 18, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #40

    I hope Pardew plays a full strength team against Forest. I don’t understand why you guys want to put out a reserve side….i want to go as far as possible in this cup!

    Maybe give Marv a game instead of Jonas and Ben Arfa instead of Best.

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