Davide Santon Having Treatment In London On His Knee

It turns out that Davide Santon was in London on Monday having some treatment ion his knee.

Davide Santon – having fluid drained from his knee

But it wasn’t the keyhole surgery that was planned last Thursday, as it looks like the injury is not as bad as first thought, and he will have some excess fluid drained from his knee.

And Newcastle manager Alan Pardew had this to say yesterday about the treatment Davide is receiving:

“Santon has gone to London today and will have his knee drained of the little bit of fluid that is on it, and then we are hoping that he will train.”

“If that doesn’t work probably at some stage we will have to look at keyhole surgery in there to make sure this fluid doesn’t appear again.”

“It is disappointing, more so for him than me, because the team is functioning well and at this moment he wouldn’t be in the team anyway,” “But it is important for him to get fit, be ready, and understand the Premier League.”

“It gives him a little time to settle here and master the language, so he has got plenty of work to do even if he is out of the frame at the moment.”

Fingers crossed that the removal of the fluid will do the trick for Davide, but it’s a bit of a surprise to hear Alan say the Italian  wouldn’t be in the first team,  even if he was fit right now.

Ryan Taylor is a makeshift left back at best, and it’s by no means Ryan’s best position, which is probably out on the right wing.

We would have thought that once David had trained enough with the lads, he’d be straight in there at left back – but maybe not.

Of course the youngster has a lot of adjustments to make with his new way of life on Tyneside, so Alan Pardew is obviously not rushing the player, and that’s probably very sensible.

The Newcastle manager  has  a very good record of  bringing players along, so he knows what he’s doing with Santon.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • niffnoff

    Sep 20, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #1

    Wise man must walk before he can run, good idea to see how he is before he plays.

  • DaraghL

    Sep 20, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #2

    The comment about not getting into the team right away should be ignored. No doubt a lot of people on here will say Raylor needs replacing hes not a left back etc etc….I think Pardew is being smart here I’ve no doubt a fully fit Santon would be included against Forest and then most likely Blackburn but Pardew realises he has to now stick with Raylor so to keep his confidence up he says he would be keeping out Santon.

  • newcastleu22

    Sep 20, 2011 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #3

    The not being in the first team is just a strange one. It’s benefiting a player in the team that probably will be dropped in the future. I don’t see how that is a plus when raylor is dropped for Santon and raylor goes up to Pards and says “boss I’ve been doing a decent job and you said I earned my spot in the team now you’ve gone back on your word and dropped me”

  • niffnoff

    Sep 20, 2011 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #4

    Here’s a question for yah, where will raylor play? back up for simmo maybe? No chance on the wings, or midfield. He’s practically being a backup when Santon is perma LB

  • soundoid

    Sep 20, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Raylor is a massive player for this club.

    For too long he’s been in Bartons shadow, but he can play anywhere (not CB or CF).

    He can also cross a ball.


    Sep 20, 2011 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Here’s an opinion with fact’s

    Derek Llambias said that Ashley is more likely to Not ! go out and buy a top player when he is receiving abuse from fans ..

    This Is Newcastle United football club and Ashley should be bigger than that .

    It seems we have a spoilt huff merchant owning the club

    Our Heritage goes far beyond his childish attitude..

  • shamsoftabriz

    Sep 20, 2011 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Ryan Taylor is a good player and perhaps Pardew wanted to reassure him that he’s starting (and not merely holding a place for Santon) in order to give him a bit of confidence. Taylor is a useful player, no doubt, but a left back he isn’t.

  • soundoid

    Sep 20, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Ralyor is back up for simmo santon marv jonas oba and at a push Tiote…

    He also has a great goal scoring record.

  • thai-mag

    Sep 20, 2011 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #9

    santon is pardews 4th choice LB at best to join toon, dont think he rates him at all, he was just pushed on him to save a couple of million £

  • West_End_TooN

    Sep 20, 2011 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #10

    @9 who are theyse 3 other left bks we got ? we got 2 wingers who try n play lb in fergie n raylor so santon is the closest we got. i think its good the way pardew is doin it you play well u keep ur place rather then pickin favourites

  • chuck

    Sep 20, 2011 at 3:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Pardew says whatever comes into his head, giving both a medical rundown and mentioning Wor Davide would’nt be playing in any case, guy will comment on anything.
    My question is why would’nt he be playing if fit,
    after all he’s an Italian international, has played for a while in seria A etc.
    Football is a simple game, all the manager has to do is explain what he wants from his players tactically, no ?
    Eh , why do i bother, we all know Pardew is a walkie talkie !

  • 2_goal_tino

    Sep 20, 2011 at 3:53 AM

    Comment #12

    @10- I presume Thai-mag is saying that Santon was the 4th choice LB transfer target behind Pieters, Cissokho and M’Bengue.

    Having said that, I don’t think that means Pardew doesn’t rate him. He definitely said that bit about not being in the team just in order to not rock the boat too much. He’s a young player who probably hasn’t had much of a pre-season so is well behind the rest of the squads fitness. Furthermore, i’m sure he just means no-one, particularly someone who has never played for us before, can expect to walk into the squad with no competition. He’s just saying every player has to earn the right to play on the pitch. If the club didn’t think he was good enough then we wouldn’t have spent the highest fee of the summer transfer window on him if we didn’t think he could replace a player being forced to play out of position.

  • shamsoftabriz

    Sep 20, 2011 at 4:07 AM

    Comment #13

    @thai-mag: So Pardew’s dismissive comment re: Santon was his way of saying to MA and DL that he would have preferred Pieters or some other more accomplished/skilled left back? I like that idea. Hrmm…

  • redondo77

    Sep 20, 2011 at 4:12 AM

    Comment #14

    I think Pardew say that because he respects Raylor and his hardwork, Raylor doing reasonably well so far. If Pardew said Santon will play at LB once he is fit, it would destroyed Raylor, so I agree on what Pardew said. Let Santon work hard to earn his place.
    As for Raylor, he is a good player when the team played well, he did ok overall. But Raylor will be so much better if he played as CM or RB. Maybe backup for Tiote.

  • redondo77

    Sep 20, 2011 at 4:22 AM

    Comment #15

    I think Santon was his 4th choice because he didn’t think that Santon would want to join NUFC from Inter and also not many Italian wanted to play outside Italy.
    Not because of his skill or being more accomplished. Among those 4 LB, who is the most Skilled and Accomplished? Santon won 2 Serie A and UCL, the others not. All great coaches rated him highly : Mourinho, Lippi, Beardsley, even great player like Maldini himself. I posted some links before regarding us getting Santon, those links are from Chelsea and Arsenal blogs, they said “we should hijack Santon, Santon is unlucky to be signed by NUFC bla bla bla”

  • redondo77

    Sep 20, 2011 at 4:29 AM

    Comment #16

    I have a feeling that we are going to sign Macheda in January window on permanent deal.

  • redondo77

    Sep 20, 2011 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #17

    Forrest 1 – NUFC 3

  • p

    Sep 20, 2011 at 5:52 AM

    Comment #18

    Some people been smoking crack on he again

  • ToonMauritius

    Sep 20, 2011 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #19

    Bonjour Messiers. @ 15, I also have the same opinion. He is sure very talented, unfortunately at Manu he don’t have enough playing time.

  • ganiyu

    Sep 20, 2011 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #20

    macheda would be decent but carroll would be average

  • toonfan76

    Sep 20, 2011 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #21

    Good news guys, I may have a link for the game tonight. Will check it closer to kick-off and if it’s good I will post the link.


    Sep 20, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #22

    In all fairness to Raylor he has done well for the most part (barring the QPR game) so why shouldn’t Santon have to earn the LB spot from him?

    Maybe his words are to drive Santon to work harder and prove himself?

  • gorgonzola

    Sep 20, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #23

    I dont know sounds like politics talk SANTON surely gets first tem football….

  • drongo

    Sep 20, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #24

    Agree – Raylor is man in posession of the LB shirt at the moment. And we (so far) have the meanest defence in the league. Why then would you want to change it….?

    ManU have been having the best attacking unit in th league, and Hernandez had to wait his turn to get back in.

    Personally I think Simmo has had more bad games than good this year, and Raylor more good games than bad. Simmo should be the one looking over his shoulder right now.
    Raylor is our Phil Neville!

  • adi-bizzle

    Sep 20, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #25

    i can understand pardew here. what decent manager changes a winning team? we havent lost all season and have the best defensive record in the whole country so why would any of you change that just because raylor isnt a natural left back? he has done a job when others didnt want to and fair play to him. he deserves his chance for not being like the others (enrique to name one) and has just knuckled down and given his all.


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