When we saw Yoan Gouffran go down after a bad tackle from Kyle Walker last Saturday at White Hart Lane, we thought he could have been out weeks if not months, after he was carried off on a stretcher and had been given oxygen on the pitch.
Yoan Gouffran - after scoring his first goal for Newcastle on Saturday
We were thinking that’s just our luck – but after an X-ray showed there was no fracture to his shin bone, it looks like it was a bad gash and severe bruising, and Alan Pardew has confirmed Yoan could be back in training on Monday.
That means he will have missed no games, since he’s not eligible to play in the Europa League.
This is what Alan Pardew said today about Yoan, after the medical staff have been monitoring his injury this week:
“That’s all good news, fortunately. We think he’ll train on Monday.”
Gouffran was easily our best player on Saturday and he was our Man of the Match – and he got his first goals for the club , and it was probably his departure from the game that cost Newcastle a point, if not all three points.
Yoan has been little short of a revelation since he came to Newcastle, although we admit we didn’t know too much about him before he arrived, other than he has played 22 times for the U21 side, and was too fast for our defense when he played against Newcastle for Bordeaux in the Europa League.
And if Yoan keeps up his sparkling form on Tyneside, don’t be surprised if he gets called up to the full French squad – after all he does play for Newcastle United now.
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