There’s some bad news today that Mike Williamson is facing another five weeks out with his injured ankle.
Mike Williamson – out at least another five weeks
No surgery was carried out on the ankle, but in retrospect that may have been the best option, as Mike’s ankle doesn’t seem to be healing very quickly.
He suffered the injury back in the Carling Cup at Scunthorpe United on August 25th, so it’s already been eleven weeks since he damaged the ankle.
Add at least another five weeks to that and it will be four months Mike has been out when he returns, and the danger is that Newcastle don’t really have a ready made replacement should Fabricio Coloccini or Steven Taylor get injured before Mike is fit again.
James Perch would look to be the player to come in, and the lack of cover in central defense is the reason that another center-half is high on the wanted list in January.
Mike talked to the local press today:
“It has been difficult. There has been a bit of a setback.” “Not to get too technical, but there are three injury sites – two have healed but one is not healing as well.”
“It is getting better and by mid-December I will be back on the training ground and then it wll be about playing a lot of reserve games to get myself back up to speed as quickly as possible.”
Mike Williamson is going to find it hard to replace either Coloccini or Steven Taylor when he does get back, and he knows that.
But that doesn’t stop Mike from being so upbeat about how well the club are performing this season.
“There are no mixed feelings for me.” “I have just enjoyed seeing the lads doing well. People have said to me ‘are you gutted it will be difficult to get back in?’
“Competition is healthy. I would much rather come into a team doing well than a team scrapping around at the bottom of the league.”
“It is nice to step into a team doing well. It will be difficult to get back in but why worry about it?”
“I will work as hard as I can and hopefully earn my place, but I would much rather we were doing well.”
We’ve always been big fans of the former Watford player, and one reason for that is that he’s such a top professional and a good lad.
Alan Pardew has somehow managed to keep every player thinking about the team this season, and not what their individual plights may be.
And that’s just one reason why Alan Pardew’s new Newcastle United side have done so well this season, and long may it continue.