Pardew Feeling Optimistic About Davide Santon Injury

Davide Santon has had a little bit of a tough start to his career on Tyneside, and still has to make his first team debut, which will not come on Saturday against Blackburn Rovers at home.

But Santon did have a good run out for the Newcastle Reserves last week against Norwich City in the 6-0 win, and he looked good in that game, but suffered pain in his right  knee , after he had completed training last Thursday.

There was big news that the injury was an old one, since he had suffered injuries before to the same knee, but events since then have cooled that rhetoric, and it seems it could have simply been fluid on the knee.

Davide went to London last Monday and had the fluid drained from his knee by a specialist, and there wasn’t much fluid there, but that could have been the total problem, we hope that was the total problem.

Alan Pardew seems rather upbeat that Davide will be able to train fully again next week, and maybe Davide can get in the squad for the next league game at Wolves on Saturday, October 1st:

“We feel optimistic about him,”  “When you’ve got fluid on the knee, you know it’s not quite right”

“But we’ve had this particular problem before with a couple of other players, and it’s not come back.”

“That’s what we’re hoping for. If that’s the case, he doesn’t need surgery. We hope he’ll be OK, fingers crossed.”

It will be good for Newcastle fans to at least see the seven times capped Italian International in action soon, but at 20 years-old there’s plenty of time for this good looking  youngster to make his impact on Tyneside.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

51 comments so far

  • danishmag

    Sep 22, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #1

    1 st

  • danishmag

    Sep 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #2

    I guess with the speed i´m showing today, i should be up front against Blackburn on saturday ;o)

    on topic..
    R.Taylor will not be thrown off the the team as long we keep the score against us down.
    You do not change on things that works..
    Still i want to see Young Santon in action


    Sep 22, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #3

    what do i think? i dont think i hope hes not f.u.c.k.e.d.

  • jamesnufc86

    Sep 22, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #4

    danishmag – it is a broke part of our team , he will take Raylor out when Santon is fit, Raylor has been turned inside out for a few games this season, credit to him he did well at Villa and he tries very hard , but to say Pardew will keep playing him there because we are wining , i dont think so , or I really hope not.

  • ginkoh

    Sep 22, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #5

    He sign to play here for another 5 years not just next game and injure for months.And to be fair we should let Raylor keep the right back until he lost his way.

    The one who play well deserved to get place and another one have to grab their chance when it come. No reason to change anything good, isn’t it ?

  • toonfan76

    Sep 22, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Ryan Taylor playing at LB is by far the weakest part of our defence, He has already been found out on a number of occasions. He tries his best but to be fair to him what can we expect when it’s not even his natural position. Guaranteed to be replaced when Santon is fully fit. That’s why he was bought in the first place, to replace the departing Enrique.

  • toonfan76

    Sep 22, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #7

    Apparently Lee Ryder has tweeted that Santon has been running today, so that’s a positive sign for his recovery.

  • Dannyo

    Sep 22, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Lee Ryder
    #nufc AP presser “Davide Santon was running today and hopefully he will not need operation”

    It came while he was training last time, so it’ll have to bide it’s time to see if things are going well.

  • Dannyo

    Sep 22, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #9

    Scott Wilson
    No Shola Ameobi on Saturday for #NUFC – out with a knock. Santon has been running today and Pardew is confident he won’t need an operation.

    No Shola, thank god…

  • planb

    Sep 22, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #10

    This lot would rather pay 5.5million on a potential sick note rather than pay 6million for pieters who is fully fit thats why all the top teams avoided santone like the plague

  • toonfan76

    Sep 22, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Shola hasto be the least prolific of our strikers now,(Ba aside) If we are to believe Pardew picks his squad based on their current form the Shola won’t get near the team even if he was fit. I also think that Ba is getting better with each game he plays. Time will tell.

  • planb

    Sep 22, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Leon best and ameobi are both partial to a sicknote so i wouldnt put to much faith in these two lasting the distance

  • Meeks135

    Sep 22, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Hi Ed,

    Just wanted to say keep up the recovery! You do a fantastic job on this blog and deserve the credit!

    Your site is one I check daily and will do for as long as you keep writing.

    Wishing you all the best with your ongoing recovery.


  • ginkoh

    Sep 22, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #14

    IMO Santon has more potential than Pieter in lower price but Pieter can give us lower risk with injury term and can gel into our team easily (No.1 target in January for me)

    I’m pretty confident Santon can be one of the best full back in PRM in nearly future.

  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 22, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #15

    planb, whats your obsession with sicknotes all of a sudden?

  • Toon_Jock

    Sep 22, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #16
  • ross armstrong

    Sep 22, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #17

    my team for saturday

    simpson collo taylor taylor

    obertan tiote cabaye gutierez

    ba best

    ben arfa

    thats the strongest ive seen our bench in a long long time!!!!!

  • geoff777

    Sep 22, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #18


    Pieters would be a very clever signing.
    In one signing we’d have a stronger defence and competition for places right across the back four.

    He wants to come here. Is friends with Krul so will settle quickly.

    If Best & Ba can score a few goals, I’d rather have Pieters than a cheap forward.

  • rwpoynter

    Sep 22, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #19

    All best wishes Ed for your speedy recovery. I know how you must be feeling as I am going in for keyhole surgery to remove my prostate cancer next Wednesday.
    On the subject of the team, I cannot remember the last time Newcastle were undefeated after 7 games in the season. I am very optimistic about this season and am very impressed overall with the new guys, particularly Cabaye. I know the bigger challenges are still to come but I hope I will not be proved wrong in thinking that the route we have gone down is better than forking out huge sums for players. Both Torres and Carroll are struggling and I am sure the expectation that goes with those price tags is taking its toll on their performances.If anyone deserves a big bonus from Ashley this year it is Graham Carr.

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Sep 22, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Massive game on the weekend, this for me is a true test of how far we have come. Granted blackburn aren’t the best team in the world but this is the type of game we would drop points last season a win will be a true indication of what i think is pardews plan… Hard to beat away from home, Go for the win at SJP.

  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Sep 22, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Also if your reading, Good luck with your operation wish you all the best ED

  • Dannyo

    Sep 22, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #22

    @2 AMEOBI’S
    Blackburn have a very good stat against us at home, so it’s one of “those” games. It may be hard fought, but i hope we’ll win. We haven’t beaten them on Tyneside since 04/05 season.
    But then again, we have only lost two games at home since Pards joined us in December…

    Will be fun to see, but i agree with your assessment, it should be a good test for us this one.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 22, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Obertan had 2 assist in the last game. His pass to Simpson for the goal was great. Neat little footwork. Impressive player.

  • HaZ-NUFC

    Sep 22, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #24

    Anyone selling a wolves away ticket???

  • Klatoon

    Sep 22, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #25

    We need to put right this awful home record V BBurn,its amazing how they’ve dominated this fixture over the last 5 seasons. No better way to stop it than with a resounding win. HWTL

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 22, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #26

    I would have been much happier going into this season if we had of bought Pieters AND Santon,the fourth or fifth choice striker we ‘apparently’ tried to get wouldnt have been such a big deal.

  • Thump

    Sep 22, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #27

    We’re still whining about Pieters and the lack of a striker?

  • colwell

    Sep 22, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #28

    I think everyone of us on here except the makems in disguise will be shiteing ourselves when Ben Arfa gets tackled. Need Tiote and Cabaye to protect him like in American football lol

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 22, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #29

    Not lack of a striker Thump,I’d rather stick with the two we’ve got rather than fourth or fifth choice for the sake of it,but yes its still grating on me how we never managed to get that Pieters ‘over the line’ especially after I heard on Newcastle radio John Anderson saying that he’d heard from a very good source that he’d be starting the Fulham game.

  • davis_toons

    Sep 22, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #30

    Just watch this Everton – 1.38min of th video tacker on HBA.

    They will keep tacking with two legs to make sure they bring him down or else they just can’t get the ball.

    HBA must learn to pass at the right time.

  • davis_toons

    Sep 22, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #31

    That’s call somthing like a sisscor takler

  • colwell

    Sep 22, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #32

    I would start Marveaux and Ben Arfa against Blackburn. I would then play Jonas at LB he has pace, does well with his defensive duties so why not? Raylor is a RM and Jonas is a better player then him.

    Simmo Saylor Colo Jonas
    Cabaye Tiote

    Oba Ben Arfa Marveaux

  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 22, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #33

    ben afra, not ready for a start yet and would leave marveaux on the bench as he played mid week, same team as villa for me

  • Thump

    Sep 22, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Yeah but there’s not much we can do about that. I mean Pieter’s had a family bereavement (Grandad died?) and understandably wanted to remain in the Netherlands. I’m pretty happy with Santon and this is a setback but we’ll get by as we always do and then we’ll see in January what happens. I think we’ll see a few outgoing players too… sigh.

  • Thump

    Sep 22, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #35

    @davis: yeah it still amazes me how he wasn’t booked for that – very dangerous and they really shouldn’t be allowed. It’s a surefire way to break somebodies leg as we all know.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 22, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #36

    Is that right Thump,I heard he was gutted when the deal fell through I didnt know it was him who called it off,? Just rumours though I dont know any body who works at the club .

  • GS

    Sep 22, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #37

    Ross @17:

    You haven’t got a single defender on the bench!

  • colwell

    Sep 22, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #38

    If HBA can play an hour in a cup game , in pouring rain there is no reason he can`t play the same against Blackburn.

    Marveaux is match fit now he has had 12 weeks to get match fitness, few sub appearances and 2 120min cup games he is ready, and has looked so good he deserve to start.

  • benscott123123

    Sep 22, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #39

    I think we should take the game to Blackburn and play 4-3-3
    Simpson Colo Taylor Raylor
    Tiote Cabaye Jonas
    Obertan Marveaux

    2nd half
    Simpson Colo Taylor Fergie
    Tiote Cabaye
    Obertan Ben Arfa Jonas

  • AshtreeKid

    Sep 22, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #40

    would play either myself from the start and dont think pardew will either, no point in risking players who might be fatigued from the start when they can influence from the bench if necessary


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