It’s the news we had been hoping for, and after the negative X-ray results on his shin bone, Yoan Gouffran was further examined by the Newcastle medics yesterday, and he seems ready to go against Southampton - and that’s good news – because it could have been so much worse if he had suffered a fracture of his leg.
Yoan Gouffran on Saturday – yes – we’re sure it was sore
And Yoan has two weeks to fully recover, because he’s cup tied, and cannot play in the next two Europa League games in any case, so he should be all set to go a week come Sunday against the Saints.
And the good news is that after the game he walked with no assistance onto the plane that took the lads back to Newcastle after the game in London.
It was Kyle Walker’s challenge that caused the injury to Yoan’s shin – and it was certainly painful for the Frenchman – and he was eventually carried off on a stretcher after quite a delay in the game.
Alan Pardew thought that losing the very impressive Gouffran was a big factor in the game:
“I thought it was difficult.” “Him not finishing the game caused us a problem.” “But, having said that, it’s not as serious as it could be.” “He’s got a gash. He looked less sore in the changing room.”
And Gouffran scored his first goal for the club at White Hart Lane, although it was just a little bit lucky as it was deflected and wrong footed Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham goal.
But it’s excellent news that Yoan is OK and not badly injured.
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