Yesterday brought news that three players had joined Newcastle United’s USA tour halfway through.
Georginio Wijnaldum was expected after sorting affairs back in Holland, though the additions of Mehdi Abeid and Lubomir Satka only brought the following comment from the club via their website:
‘Abeid and Satka (as well as Wijnaldum) were called upon by head coach Steve McClaren and takes the United squad up to 26 players…’
Saturday morning though has brought news which apparently explains 19 year old Satka’s late call-up, with Aussie defender Curtis Good’s injury nightmare continuing.
The Shield Gazette report that the 22 year old centre-back has once again been troubled by his hip this week, which has meant he’s been unable to train in the USA.
Curtis Good is new expected to see a specialist yet again to try and sort him out, signed three years ago from Melbourne Heart the last eighteen months have been a nightmare.
The Newcastle player’s hip problem first surfacing after he made his international debut in early 2014, which led to him then missing the rest of that season and a chance of appearing in the Brazil World Cup finals.
Eventually returning to action for the reserves in February 2015, Curtis Good immediately felt the problem surface again and he had surgery that was believed would correct the injury long-term.
Fingers crossed that the defender can get to the root cause and come back fully fit, though the signs aren’t good.
As for Newcastle, the limited options for United at centre-back simply highlights the failure to bring in quality automatic first choice central defenders the team has craved for years.