St James’ Park new boy yet to kick a ball for his new team.
Newcastle United insist that new signing Davide Santon’s knee injury is not related to problems he suffered earlier in his career.
Manager Alan Pardew revealed yesterday that the 20-year-old former Inter Milan full-back was undergoing a scan after damaging his right knee in training.
Santon has been ruled out of tomorrow’s trip to Aston Villa, and will undergo minor surgery this weekend.
Pardew was delighted to capture Santon after a lengthy search for a replacement for Jose Enrique, but the latest injury will come as a blow with the club fearing he could be sidelined for a month.
“Newcastle United can confirm that Davide Santon sustained an injury to his right knee during training yesterday which will keep him out of Saturday’s match against Aston Villa,” a club statement said.
“The player had a scan on Thursday afternoon and will undergo treatment over the weekend and will be reviewed by a specialist early next week.
“Davide was injury-free when he completed his pre-signing medical examination and scans.
“The injury he sustained on Thursday is not connected to his previous injuries.”