Dan Gosling moves another step closer to first team return.

Dan Gosling
Gosling back in action.
Dan Gosling completed 70 minutes of football this afternoon as he stepped up his quest to return to match fitness.

Gosling has been out for for nine months with a cruciate ligament injury which at one point threatened the career of the 20-year-old Devonian, but the news that he has come through a large part of a reseve game against Hibernian this afternoon will hopefully enable the youngster to put his injury behind him and concentrate on getting back to playing football.

Seventy minutes is more than I expected him to play to be honest, but I still don’t think he will be in contention for the match on Sunday just yet. It’s worth remembering that he has been out for an awful long time, and it would be foolish to rush him back too soon, especially considering the extent and severity of the injury he sustained.

It doesn’t stop him hoping to be in the team for the Wear-Tyne derby though. Talking to the Newcastle United official club website, Gosling had this to say:

“I’ll look out for the numbers on Sunday and see what the gaffer decides to do, but I’m not getting carried away, I’ll just take it as it comes.

“We have another Reserve game against Wigan on Monday, so I’m sure I’ll play some part in that, so I’ll look forward to that one as well.”

If he features on Sunday then I very much doubt he will be involved against Wigan. Much depends on who we have available of course, but with the player feeling understandably jaded after his outing earlier it would perhaps be best to save him for the reserve game and to give him some more time to get fit.

“I’m tired but I feel alright,” said Gosling. “I stiffened up a little bit but it was a good run-out and I really enjoyed it. I was getting more confident as the game went on and it’s a shame I couldn’t last the 90 minutes, but that’ll come sooner rather than later.”

“The plan was to play for at least an hour and see after that, and 70 minutes was a good workout for me. I was a bit disappointed not to score, as I had a good chance to score and felt I should have had a penalty, but I’m sure the goals will come soon.”

It’s good news that Gosling has come through his return unscathed as it would be a shame for the lad to break down again when he is so close to returning to the first-team squad setup. Whether or not Sunday comes too quicly or not is largely unimportant. What matters, in the grand scheme of things, is making sure Gosling returns when the time is right.

Not before!

For those interested, the reserves drew 3-3 with Hibernian with Phil Airey and Jeff Henderson (2) on the scoresheet. Nile Ranger and Danny Guthrie also featured for Newcastle.

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30 thoughts on “Dan Gosling moves another step closer to first team return.

  1. I still think Guthrie can cut it, His confidence has been low this season but his delivery was every bit as good as Barton last season, Just look at his assists.

    P.S I know it was in the champo but surely he brings more than Snith and Routledge…


  2. Aye more than both…but every time we played him out on the right he looked lost..certainly nothing on Bartons performances this year when he’s on the wing. Without any cup runs though can’t see him featuring much for us this year…Gosling’s still a fair bit younger and has a pretty good record at everton as well, when he’s fully fit its hard to see guthrie edging over him…


  3. Aye he isnt great on the right, But Toonsy didnt put in that article that Guthrie set up all three goals today when playing in his prefered position in the middle, Maybe his mojos coming back.

    He would definately start for me with Tiote out but sadly im not Pardew and im expecting Alan Smith to be diving all over the place doing more damage to his own team and not the opposition…


  4. Ah, good to read a Toonsy article again. Nice site, fella!

    Looking forward to seeing Gosling in action, but have to keep our expectations reasonable. He’s a talent, but a youngun, and that was one nasty injury. My bet is that he’ll be a bench-warmer for most of this season.

    What is AP going to do if all his central midfielders are fit? Barton, Benny, Nolan, Vukic, Guthrie, Gosling… all going for the same spot…. Surely someone has to disappear off the wage bill?


  5. Ah, Bellend back to his charming ways…

    As for Guthrie, I suppose the one thing we do know is that he’s not got Barton’s ability to switch to the wing when needed. He put some cracking work in for us in the middle last season, though. I wonder if we’ll see him in the middle with Barton right, Tiote behind and Jonas left? Can’t remember that happening yet, but it should work.

    Good to hear he and Gosling put good shifts in tonight. Need the options!


  6. Ah CC I didn’t know that mate, thats a good point, we can only hope he’s up from now on. Glad the scum won’t have cattermole to smash our midfield..maybe Pards will opt for something other than Smith…but seing as he is our default in that posiition its hard to see him changing it really.


  7. I’m glad Gosling got through the game ok, sounded liked he played well and nearly scored. I think he would be in contention for the mackem game but maybe not start considering he has just come back from injury. I can see him being on the bench and maybe contributing a goal in our derby like he did when everton played liverpool in the fa cup.

    Guthrie has been low on confidence this year but he looks like he has put some weight on which probably hasn’t helped him when he has been returning from injury.

    Colo could be an option for playing in CM as he played a very attacking role for Deportivo and I remember seeing him play there when they played Malaga a few seasons ago and he was very good in that position


  8. Clattermole should be out and Meyler their other holding player is crippled so i think we could more time on the ball than normal in these matches.


    Thats how i would line up, But again i doubt Smith will be dropped…


  9. Cant really comment on Gosling as he is a player I have seen very little off, I do think young Guthrie was a decent CM last year but it was obvious he wasn’t suited to the right wing but sill got put out there so I don’t know what will happen to him, as we seem to have a lot of CMs.


  10. Whumpie – great to see you around fella! Been a reading all of your posts on the journey last year from afar, was with you all the way!


  11. I see Birmingham have confirmed that they have gotten Bentley.Larsson on now perhaps? 🙄

    Their manager has but also commented on how he along with the likes of Hleb and Larsson will give more quality to their midfield,thats a strange thing to say if he is planning on moving Larsson along ❓


  12. Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen
    This is Neville speaking, I used to post on the original blog before it closed. It reopened as you know, however it just was not my cup of tea anymore. I like tea as well, I hope you do not mind me posting on your blog?
    Yours Sincerely


  13. Why thank you Toonsy! The last time I posted on a blog was when Morpeth was flooded! I was a tad nervous about posting and registering etc, does the punk skunk come on here. I can’t remember all the names now!


  14. I haven’t seen him on, but he probably doesn’t know about us yet as we have only been going 10 days 🙂


  15. Big Andy and Best to start up front, Loven on the left and Ranger on the right. All out attack they wont suspect it!! Get 1-0 up then sub ranger, best and lov for 3 defenders, simples!!


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