Alan Pardew has revealed Davide Santon is getting near to return to training and the Newcastle first team, but his return seems to have been put back once again.
Davide Santon – return at the end of January
David;s injury has taken a lot longer to clear up than Newcastle thought, and in early August it was thought he would be back in late September but that return date has been put back again and again after his surgery in the summer, and now it’s into next year.
This is what Alan Pardew gave as a status on Davide Santon yesterday:
“Davide has not been forgotten by us because we know we have got an outstanding talent there. He is on the way back and has done some lengthy strides. I think by the start of January I expect to see Davide in and around the team.”
“We always expected when the surgeon went in that it would be a little bit worse than we expected. I don’t think it was career threatening or anything like that. He is fine.”
“But the rehab was always going to take a bit longer than we thought. “
We suppose the good news with Davide being out so long is that it had given an opportunity to both Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara to get a run of games in the first team – and both players have done very well this season, and playing their best football ever on Tyneside.
Because of that Davide hasn’t been missed too much – but it will also be good to see the Italian International back playing again in a couple of months.
Santon has played 93 times with one goal for Newcastle, and his five year contract has only eighteen months to run.
And we also wonder what the status is of 21 year-old Curtis Good, who has been out since early March with a hip injury?
The Australian International is one player who’s looked good at Newcastle – when he’s played.
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