Newcastle have moved to ease concerns of a major injury setback for Socceroo Curtis Good after he was replaced at half-time playing for the club's Under-21s.
Good, who hasn’t played competitively since March, will be assessed by Newcastle medical staff after being substituted as a precaution on Monday night in a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal at St James’ Park.
The highly regarded 21-year-old defender has played a handful of games for the club’s Under-21s over the past six weeks as he works his way back from a serious hip injury.
Newcastle football development manager Peter Beardsley moved to clear up concerns about the injury scare.
“I think he’s OK, but at this level I almost encourage them to come off (if they have a problem),” Beardsley told the Gazette.
“If they’re struggling, I always say ‘come off’. He wasn’t sure.
“It wasn’t anything major, I don’t think.
“It was a precaution – we just needed to make sure he was all right.”
Good, who was linked with a loan move to fallen Scottish giants Rangers in the January transfer window, was handed the armband and played 45 minutes at left back.
The former Melbourne Heart man has endured a difficult 12 months, sustaining the hip injury on his international debut against Ecuador.
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou named Good in his 30-man preliminary World Cup and gave him every chance of proving his fitness.
However, Good failed in that bid during Australia’s pre-World Cup training camp with the same injury rearing its head, forcing him to have surgery.
Good’s agent couldn’t be reached for comment on the matter.comments