Newcastle Utd’s Curtis Good in Australia World Cup fitness battle

BLOW ... Newcastle defender Curtis Good.
BLOW ... Newcastle defender Curtis Good.

NEWCASTLE United’s Curtis Good is battling to prove his fitness in time for the World Cup.

The 21-year-old hasn’t played a competitive game since hurting his hip on his senior international debut in March.

And Good – who had been on loan at Dundee United – was unable to return to training in time for this weekend’s Scottish Cup final.

The defender, however, was still named in Australia’s preliminary 30-man World Cup squad, and he is at a training camp in Terrigal ahead of a May 26 friendly against South Africa.

“It’s definitely a target for me,” Good told FourFourTwo. “We’ve got 10 days before that game, so that’s my target.

“I’ll have to talk with the physio, but they’ll just ease me back in in the next few days to full training.

“I’ve had a long flight from the UK so I’ll just take it easy the next few days.”

Good – who joined Newcastle from Melbourne Heart two years ago – has played one competitive game for the club.