There are reports in the local papers today that Italian International Davide Santon is not fit enough to start in the Newcastle side at the Emirates, and it seems he’s picked up a hip flexor muscle injury..
Davide Santon – scoring last season at Wigan
And just when we though Newcastle were doing very well this summer with having very few injuries, this is a little bit of a disappointment.
The hip flexor muscles allow us to lift our knees and bend at the waist, and they are located in your upper thighs, just below the hip bone – there’ll be a test on this later.
The report is that the left-back is now doubtful, and may not be available to start the game at the Etihad Stadium, and we should hear more on this when Alan Pardew gives his press conference for the Manchester City game.
If Davide is not available then surely Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will come in at left back, and Steven Taylor, who sat out the training yesterday, will partner Fabricio Coloccini in central defense. Steven is expected to be fit to start at City.
Mapou has been pushing Taylor hard in pre-season for that center-back spot, but the Frenchman played great at left back in the last few games of last season, and he may continue in that role against Manchester City.
Another alternative is local lad Paul Dummett, who has looked the part in pre-season, but we think the Newcastle manager will go for the more experience that Mapou has – and the Frenchman played well last season for Newcastle is his 20 appearances for the side.
Newcastle’s 20 year-old left back Massadio Haidara has had a troubling pre-season due to injury, and he’s never appeared in pre-season at all, so he’s not an option
Whoever plays at left back is important because they will likely face new signing Jesús Navas from Sevilla in a £15M deal, and Navas has been capped 29 times by Spain, and is an excellent player.
And it looks like Jonas Gutierrez had recovered well from his leg injury and is fit for Monday night – and that’s good news with Jonas showing some good form in pre-season.
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