It’s good news about Moussa Sissoko today, with an update being given on the player by first team coach Paul Simpson, and when it happened last Saturday just before half time, the coaching staff thought it could be a serious injury.
But the good news is that it’s not and he has sustained a grade one strain, and he will probably miss the game at Manchester United, even though he wants to play on Saturday.
Moussa Sissoko in action last Saturday
It was a good decision by both Moussa and the medical staff to take him off at half time, and it seems to have been a precautionary move that seems to have paid off.
This is what Paul Simpson has said:
“We are delighted with the improvement Moussa Sissoko has shown, at half-time we really thought it was a serious injury, but by the end of the game it had settled down.”
“We had a scan earlier in the week and the signs were quite positive on there, they talked about it being a grade one strain, the possibility of a couple of weeks out.”
“But Moussa is determined to be involved at Old Trafford, he is determined to play, and made it clear to medical staff and to the coaching staff, if he has a chance then he wants to be involved.”
“He has done a little bit of light running – whether this weekend is a little bit too early, we will just have to wait and see.”
It seems to us there should be no chance of Moussa playing on Saturday, and if there’s any doubt about him for the home game against Arsenal one week later, he shouldn’t play in that game either.
After Arsenal there’s the two week International break, and that could ensure Moussa is over the injury once and for all.
There have been times in the past when we have played players who are injured, and that’s never a good idea, and you usually pay heavily when you take those kinds of risks.
With the new coaching staff knowing all about the many injuries at Newcastle every season, they are going to be very careful about when they allow players to return from injury.
Moussa may have a chance for the Arsenal game, but he should have no chance of playing at Old Trafford.
What do you think?