We were hoping it would be sooner, but it could also have been much worse, so the news today that Danny Simpson will be out three to four weeks with his hamstring problem is not too bad.
Danny Simpson – in action against Atromitos
Simpson picked up a hamstring problem during last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Aston Villa, but the good thing is he came off immediately, and therefore didn’t make things even worse.
We think that’s what happened to Cheick Tiote in that first game, when he was all ready to come off after just 10 minutes, with Vurnon Anita all ready to come on, but Cheick stayed on the field – and hasn’t played since.
Simpson, the former Manchester United player had scans on the injury this week, but is hoping he could be back in a short three weeks time, as he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site today:
“It’s a lot better than I first thought.” “I have never had a hamstring problem before. I just felt something bad and I knew straight away I would have to come off.”
“I will just have to see how it is at the start of next week and take it from there, but hopefully I won’t miss too many games.” “But the scan results came back on Wednesday and it is hopefully three weeks, maybe four maximum.”
“It depends on each person, their body and how quickly they recover, but it’s a lot better than what we first thought.” “Already I’m walking easier than I was on Sunday, so that’s a good sign.”
“Injuries are part and parcel of being a footballer, but I’m not used to it – I haven’t had many injuries.” “For a long time, I haven’t really had any issues in that area. It’s just one of those things, though.”
“With there not being a game for two weeks, if there is a time to have a little niggle then it’s probably now.” “I will just have to see how it is at the start of next week and take it from there, but hopefully I won’t miss too many games.”
We’re also hoping that Fabricio Coloccini is fit when he returns from his trip to Argentina, and at the moment he is out injured with a muscle strain in his right leg.
Newcastle do not have too much cover across the back four, and it would be a bit of a calamity if we were to lose both Colo and Danny Simpson at the same time – that’s half our first choice back four would be out.
We have hopes that Coloccini will not play in the Argentina game next Tuesday night against Peru, and then he should have a decent chance of being fit for the important Everton game.
Ans as Danny says above, he may only miss only a few games because of the International break – maybe a couple of games at most?
And a short note to Danny – please sign that new contract.