Now we know why recently signed Newcastle winger Christian Atsu was left out of the Ghana squad for the upcoming International games, he has had minor knee surgery
He was under the surgeon’s knife in London yesterday and it will see him out for four weeks, but that means he should be ready for pre-season training beginning on July 3rd which is just over five weeks away.
Apparently the operation is to correct a chronic problem the winger has had, so that’s good it has been corrected.
Christian Atsu – knee operation – always smiling
Christian will miss Ghana’s 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia and the friendlies against Mexico and the United States next month.
Atsu could have had the surgery earlier this year but he decided to keep playing to try to get Newcastle promoted and win the Championship and also to make his move permanent from Chelsea.
All those goals were achieved.
Christian has been told he can start full training in four weeks time so we could see the 25 year-old right winger arrive at Newcastle’s training ground early just to make sure he’s ready to go when preseason training starts.
But come to think of it he is probably going to be getting rehabilitation at the Brenton grounds right now following the surgery.
Atsu became a crowd favorite last season because of his speedy wing play and his great left foot and his attitude all season was also first class.
He made 32 league appearances and scored five goals for us and is very keen to improve under Rafa Benitez whom he considers one of the world’s best coaches having spent last season under his tutelage.
Newcastle paid around £6.5M for him from Chelsea and it’s on the understanding he can get a work permit but that will be almost automatic since he has 42 caps for Ghana and is one of their very best players.
Christian is the first of what we expect to be many signings by Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley this summer.
Health note: I had blood tests on Wednesday and got the go ahead to have my third chemotherapy infusion which took place yesterday afternoon.
There are usually some severe side-reactions that happen over the next 9 days – so there’s a chance I will be missing in action on the blog at times and/or there will be fewer articles each day.