Southampton beat Vitesse 2-0 away last night in their second leg of their third round qualifying tie for the Europa League and the Saints win the tie 5-0 on aggregate, to qualify for the group stage of the competition.
But there was some bad news for manager Koeman, who has suffered what may be a bad Achilles injury ahead of the Newcastle game at St. James Park – he suffered the injury in training.
Ronald Koeman in protective boot last night
So training is even dangerous for the managers these days, as he picked up the injury on Wednesday training at the GelreDome in Arnhem prior to the game.
Koeman may require surgery on the injury but he was on the sidelines last night in a protective boot for the game.
The will be seeing a surgeon today, and he will assess the injury but the likelihood is that he will have immediate surgery.
And if that’s the case he could put his brother Erwin in charge of the first league game at Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.
Erwin took over the post-match duties last night as far as the TV interviews, and this is what he said about his brother:
“Ronald knows he has already some problems with his Achilles and if you are involved in a training session then this can happen what happened.¨
“OK, we will hear tomorrow what happened and we will hear tomorrow if he is on Sunday on the bench or not.
“Tomorrow morning he goes to hospital and then they will decide what to do.”
I snapped my Achilles back in 2009 and had surgery to stitch it together and for the first two or three days you are under pain-killing drugs, and it’s tough and there’s pain there too and its hard to get around.
They also had electricity going through the Achilles for quicker and better healing, and that was uncomfortable to say the least.
So if Ronald does have the surgery it would be very surprising if he makes the long trek to Newcastle.
Being selfish and forgetting about Ronald’s misfortune this could give Newcastle an edge in the game we suppose.
As we found out when Alan Pardew was banned 18 months ago it’s not the same when the head man is not on the touchline.
What do you think?
Note: Two brothers Phil and Richard Milbourne are on a mission to cycle to all 92 Premier and Football League grounds in England and Wales during four weeks in July and August 2015.
They will be in Newcastle today – so see if you can help out a very good cause – you can read about their exploits and denote on their website pedalforpounds here.