Newcastle defender Curtis Good has had a nightmare time with injuries since arriving as a promising prospect from Australia on a six year contract in 2012.
After impressing in a loan spell at Bradford City and playing in the League Cup final defeat to Swansea in 2013, he then seemed to have progressed again when on loan at Dundee United.
Injured on his full international debut for Australia against Ecuador, that’s when things really turned sour.
Curtis Good ended up missing an appearance in the Scottish Cup final and a likely inclusion in the national team squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Ever since he has been playing catch up on his career and has made only two senior cup appearances for Newcastle, the latest in the 3-0 defeat at Oxford this season.
With only one more year to go of his contract, there has been talking in recent days of a possible return t Australia for the defender who turned 24 last month.
However, injury then struck again, when Curtis Good was forced off in last week’s Premier League Cup defeat to Reading and it looked for sure like another long spell out – but Peter Beardsley has given a positive update:
“Curtis Good is OK.
“It wasn’t anything to do with what happened before (previous hip injury).
“I think he’s got a slight groin strain.
“He’s got no problem with his hip, it was something totally different.
“He’ll be up and running in about three or four days, and possibly play against Middlesbrough.”
Newcastle United Under 23s (reserves) all but made sure of their place in the Premier League 2 Division Two play-offs on Monday.
Playing host to Fulham, they went one down early on to the visitors. With Fulham dominating it looked a case of simply when the second goal came but when it did, ut was Newcastle who scored it on the break.
Striker Tom Heardman scoring and Newcastle never looking back, going on to win 3-1 with another goal from Heardman and one from Victor Fernandez.
Proof as always that no matter how dominant the opposition is in any particular game, a goal can change the whole dynamic.
After the game Peter Beardsley spoke to the official club website:
“I thought for the first half hour Fulham were excellent and probably the better team. Then we got the equalising goal and to be fair, we did well to get our three in a short space of time, which would kill any team.
“In the second half when we reorganised a bit, we were much better. Their coach, Peter Grant, he was saying that it was a game of two halves really, and I wouldn’t disagree with that.
“At 1-0, they were the better team, they passed us to death and played good football. But we got a break with the goal, and once we capitalised on that and went 3-1 up we never really looked like losing that then.
“They (NUFC Under 23s) have had a brilliant season whatever happens.
“For the people on the outside, success is measured by where you get to but to be fair to our group, we think it’s been a really good season, really positive one, and most of them have done really well.”