Newcastle Winger Undergoes Knee Surgery

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.

Comments welcome.

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.

20 comments so far

  • Budge123

    May 26, 2017 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #1

    All the best Ed

  • sing in the corner

    May 26, 2017 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Good luck with that Ed.
    And remember, it’s just a ride.

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 26, 2017 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #3

    All the best Ed. We’re all with you!

  • martoon

    May 26, 2017 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #4

    All the best Ed, I used to have a very bad reaction to Chemo so I am in awe of you how you still manage run the Blog during treatment.

  • clinath@ed

    May 26, 2017 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Best wishes Ed, we’re all rooting for you on here mate.

  • martoon

    May 26, 2017 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #6

    On topic as a point of interest I wonder who paid for Atsu’s op? As technically he’s not our player yet and the deal is subject to a work permit. So really Chelsea or the player himself should pay but I suspect NUFC did as we are pretty confident the deal will go through.

  • jimmysmith

    May 26, 2017 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #7

    Ed, you’ve done a great thing here with this blog. Touched a lot of lives.

  • Toondog2

    May 26, 2017 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #8

    We are all with you Ed

  • OneAlanShearer

    May 26, 2017 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #9

    Good luck Ed.

  • firebug666

    May 26, 2017 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Good luck Ed, we are all there for you.

  • Expat MAG

    May 26, 2017 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #11

    Hi Ed, I remember visiting this blog when you first started more than 10 years ago and it has always been the premier blog from that day. Good luck with the chemo as your family and your Newcastle United family need you. Keep fighting big man.

  • brighter

    May 26, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #12

    All the best Mr.Harrison.

  • skiptoon

    May 26, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #13

    Good luck Ed.


    May 26, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #14

    All the best ed.

  • chanedw

    May 26, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #15

    Stay strong Ed! I am a Newcastle United fan from Hong Kong, and I visit this blog daily. Thanks so much for creating this blog.

  • magspuggy

    May 26, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #16

    Good luck with your treatment Ed

  • Spellcheck

    May 26, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #17

    All the best Ed.

  • one fine day

    May 26, 2017 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #18

    All the best Ed
    Keep fighting. Mate

  • Viji

    May 26, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #19

    All the best Ed , wishing you a speedy recovery !

  • Pootle2118

    May 27, 2017 at 6:07 AM

    Comment #20

    All the best Ed and my thoughts go to your family as well. I know exactly what they are going through only too well.


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