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Australian Coach Criticises Newcastle’s Handling Of Injury As Curtis Good Misses World Cup

10 years ago

Interesting to read Ange Postecoglou’s words after he was forced to leave Newcastle United’s Curtis Good out of Australia’s World Cup squad.

The Aussie defender first picked up his Hip Flexor injury on March when playing against Ecuador, and his national coach clearly believes that if the injury had been handled better, then Good would have made the plane to Brazil;

Ange Postecoglou;

“We wanted to give Curtis every chance and to his credit, he worked really hard and did everything the medical people wanted him to do.

“We tested him out and he just couldn’t get back up to where he wanted to and so the wise decision for him was to send him back home and to sort his injury once and for all.

(Talking about giving Curtis Good until as late as possible to prove his fitness)

“That is just how highly I rate him, he could have played a significant role in this World Cup, so I wanted to give him every chance.

“One thing we do know is that it probably still hasn’t been correctly treated.

“He had three or four failed attempts which suggest to me it is probably something he needs to deal with, and his club needs to deal with, a little more urgently now to really find out what the problem is.”

Reading comments from various Australian pundits, and the general perception was that Curtis Good would have been in the team for the Aussies first game against Chile, if he’d been passed fit. That is how highly he is rated by both Postecoglou and other interested parties down under.

Hopefully Good’s injury problems can be sorted this summer and he can continue his development, because Newcastle are desperately in need of extra quality, whether it be bought in or brought through the ranks of what is already there at St.James’ Park.


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