Siem De Jong has revealed the long trek back towards fitness, including having to train mostly on his own for two and a half months to get him to where he’s at now.
The Dutch midfielder also understands that fans are as frustrated as he is, desperate to see a player back on the pitch who was expected to be key to this season.
“After the operation I was out six weeks but after that I started back pretty quick. So I trained two and a half months mostly by myself so it has been a long time.
“It’s difficult because you are not really in the group and you are not always with the team. SO I was glad most of the time I was at the training centre and see the guys a lot, so you still feel part of the team.
“Difficult when you just come here and you are out such a long time. First it is me who is frustrated but I can also understand people then expect quite a lot when you arrive as a new player and then you get injured for four months.
“So I want to be back as soon as possible but I have to be a little bit sensible about it.”
(Question – ‘Of course the results haven’t been very good the last three games or so, does that make it harder knowing you can’t do anything about it?’)
“Well it has been four months now that I couldn’t do anything about it. So for me it is just now to focus on myself and get myself fit.
“I hope the team do well now as it is a lot easier to come back into a team that is doing well.”
Amusing that the club employee asking the questions talks of a poor run of three matches when Newcastle have only won two of the last twelve matches!