The Shields Gazette is reporting as an exclusive today that Davide Santon has been injured in training, and will miss the start of the season – and that’s hardly good news for Newcastle.
Davide Santon – injured in training
The news is that he’s suffered another knee injury and he will not come back and train until late August so it could be mid September or later when he is fit to play for the team.
We already have Papiss Cisse recovering from his broken kneecap and he will also miss most of pre-season.
So it seems Davide will not make the New Zealand trip as he is doing rehabilitation work on his knee.
This is what Alan Pardew has told the Gazette:
“Davide will miss all pre-season.” “He’ll probably start training at the end of August. He’s given us great versatility – he can play left-back, right-back and in midfield, where I used him one or two times last year.”
“He’s an important player for us, and we’ll miss him.” “But the most important thing is getting him right.” “Otherwise, everybody’s fit and well, though we’re missing the World Cup players.”
With Davide missing the next two months Alan Pardew may think twice before letting Paul Dummett go out on loan, since that was the initial plan.
Of course the good news is that we will have Ryan Taylor back, and Ryan can play at right back or on the right wing – or even left-back and the left wing – so as long as Ryan comes through pre-season OK – it will be like having a new player at the club.
And we have been so impressed with the courage and fortitude Ryan has shown over the last two years – if ever a player deserved to come back to his very best – it’s Ryan Taylor.
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