The injury status at Newcastle at the moment is quite good, with the news today that Dan Gosling, who has looked impressive in pre-season, is fit again from his hip injury and trained yesterday, after suffering the injury in the 1-1 draw against Olympiacos a week yesterday.
Dan Gosling - in action last season for Newcastle
Dan should get some playing time this afternoon at Den Haag, Tim Krul’s former club, or at Hartlepool United on Tuesday night, but Shane Ferguson is still carrying a hamstring strain and unable to play, which is frustrating for the manager, given that Shane’s one of Newcastle’s top youngsters and missed most of pre-season last year too.
Pardew has this to say to the Evening Chronicle today about Gosling:
“Dan trained yesterday, so none of the key players are injured.”
This is the season that Dan must come through at Newcastle, after two years at the club, where he basically has recovered from his serious ACL injury he had when he arrived at Newcastle in June of 2010.
But the lad has looked good and industrious in central midfield in pre-season so far, and Dan will get a chance to shine for Newcastle in the Europa League at least, next term.
Alan Pardew has already said he will leave out about five first team players for the European games with Dan and some of the other youngsters – like Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi, Romain Amalfitano, James Tavernier, Curtis Good, Haris Vuckic and Gael Bigirimana likely to get playing time.
This what Alan had to say about this today:
“That’s what we are building up to now. These games are about getting ready for it.” “Fergie’s the one still carrying a bit of a knock, which is frustrating.”
Hatem Ben Arfa is doing some work on the training field in an attempt to be fit for our first game against Tottenham in two weeks time.
The 25 year-old should be able to make it, since he’s in the French squad for the friendly game at Le Havre against Uruguay on 15th August – the Wednesday before the Premier League starts – and what a daft time that is to have Internationals – and friendlies too.
We cannot complain too much on the injury front, because we’ve had precious few injuries so far, and long may that continue.