We feel for Curtis Good as he has been cut from the Australia squad for the World Cup, because he simply has not fully recovered from the hip injury he sustained on March 5th, when he made his debut for Australia against Ecuador, and had a great game – a fantastic game according to Australia’s Greek manager Ange Postecoglou, who has been the country’s most successful club coach.
Curtis Good - on loan at Dundee United earlier this year
The 21-year-old was signed for £400K from Melbourne Heart almost two years ago, and he’s made some good progress at Newcastle, and he’s had a couple of loan spells over the last eighteen months, which ha seen him improve his game.
He’s made so much progress that he did pick up his first cap for Australia, after playing 13 times for the U20 side and twice for the U23 side.
This is what Curtis has said after learning he just wasn’t fit enough for Brazil:
“I’m gutted. Being with the boys, having a taste of it and knowing you’re that close makes it even harder.¨ “I knew this camp was the last shot. I had an injection and it felt good. I felt confident and usually for those injuries the injection works.¨
¨The plan was to get through Friday’s session, join in passing drills the next day and hopefully be in full training Sunday and play the game on June 2 in Brazil.¨ “To be honest it was all going fine and I had no ill-feeling in the hip.¨
¨But one movement at training, it was a change of direction drill, and as soon as I did that I knew that feeling and knew it hadn’t healed.”
So the first thing now is to get Curtis fit for pre-season, and the Newcastle medics may now have to take some specialist advice on how best to treat the injury, and it may even require surgery.
It should have healed by now – 12 weeks tomorrow was when he first picked up the injury.
Curtis played 5 times for Dundee United this year, and last season he was at Bradford City on loan where he played 9 times – and there are reports that Dundee United would like to take him back on loan next season.
At the moment Curtis is one of Newcastle’s most promising young players.