And new Newcastle full-back, Italian Davide Santon could return to full training next week, after he had some fluid drained from his injured knee on Monday in London.
Davide Santon – may not need key-hole surgery
Manager Pardew has said there was only a small amount of fluid drained from the right knee, but the initial prognosis seems good and things look positive that he will not need key-hole surgery to correct the problem.
This is what Pardew said last night:
“It was a little pea-sized amount of fluid, so there wasn’t a lot of fluid on his knee.” “We think it’s a really good response, but we are not going to rush him.”
“He is going to run tomorrow, we think he is going to train at the weekend – he won’t be involved in the Blackburn game – and we are hoping on Monday that he is full training.”
“If he breaks down in any of that period then we will make a decision on Wednesday on whether he has to have surgery.” “But at the moment we are very positive.”
It will be good to get Santon playing in the first team, but Pardew and the Newcastle medics are right not to take any chances with the youngster, and he will be gently eased into the side.