Davide Santon has been out eight months with two different injuries – he was out for a couple of months with a hamstring injury, and then he had problems with his knee and he’s been out for six months with that – and the Italian now is focused on getting his left-back position back at Newcastle.
Davide Santon – fit again – at last
In his absence local lad Paul Dummett has deputized well and when Paul went to center-back for a while Massadio Haidara came in and the young Frenchman also did well.
Davide has said this has been the hardest eight months in his career and he is anxious to get back and he did play on Monday night for the Newcastle U21 side against Bolton.
This is what Davide has said today:
“I played last April, and was out two months with my hamstring,” “After that it was six months with my knee, so it’s eight months.” “It’s been a long, really difficult period for me. But I’m feeling better and better, and feeling really happy about that.”
“It’s difficult. My family helped me a lot – my fiance and my baby and my mum and my dad.” “All the people around me helped me a lot. If you are by yourself, it’s difficult. It’s a long time.”
“I’ve come back stronger,” said Santon, signed from Inter Milan three and a half years ago.” “I’ve been training hard for six months. I’ve been finishing at 4pm or 5pm.”
“That’s making me stronger, but I need to keep going and I need to play football. If I don’t play, my fitness level will go low again.” “I just want to play – for my fitness and for myself. I’m 24 years old.”
“There’s always been competition for me,” added Santon. “I don’t have a problem with that – I’m used to it.” “I just came out of the game for the last five minutes because I felt my hamstring when I sprinted,”
“It felt a little bit tight, so I came off.” “I feel OK. Maybe I’m not ready to play 90 minutes, but I’m starting to feel better.” “I will be fine to be on the bench or play on Saturday.”
There has been some news recently out of Italy, that Newcastle may be willing to offer Davide Santon in a player exchange plus cash we would get from AC Milan for their 20 year-old winger M’Baye Niang.
Maybe a good deal would be that Newcastle would get Niang plus £5M for Santon, but we would be very surprised if Newcastle let Davide go this month.
However, with only eighteen months left on his five year contract at Newcastle, the Magpies will need to decide whether they will offer him a contract extension soon, and if not he could even be sold in the summer, so we don’t lose him for nothing next year.
It will be good to see Davide Santon back playing in the first team again, although we expect Paul Dummett to continue at left back for the important home game against Southampton on Saturday.
We need all three points against the Saints on Saturday – let’s hope we can get them.
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