Siem de Jong has been reliving the day of the freak training accident which left him with blood in his eye and unable to see anything out of it on the first day.
It was especially frustrating for the former Ajax player as he had spent a season without any more football type injuries and was trying to convince Steve McClaren he should be in the team.
The after the eye waas treated, despite his body being physically ok, he was not allowed to train due to his eye recovering.
Saying that the team have to ‘try to get the ups more and the downs less’, Siem de Jong is desperate to get involved in the final dozen matches.
He has revealed that he will not be involved against Lillestrom in the friendly on Saturday, despite returning to train with the rest of the players he still hasn’t started full contact training.
He hopes to step up his training though in the coming days and hopefully fit at least one Under 21s match in, then be able to make himself available against Stoke on 2 March.
Siem de Jong talking to NUFC TV in La Manga:
“It’s good to train with this group finally, especially when it is such a strange injury. I was fit but I wasn’t allowed to do anything, so it is good to be back training.
“I was worried, the first day I couldn’t see anything out of my eye, I went to the hospital and there was blood in my eye.
“The treatment lasts a few weeks to get it all fixed and now it is all better. I haven’t played as much as I wanted to do this season and I haven’t had any other football related injuries – then you get an injury in training by accident and you are out of action.
“It is three or four weeks since I trained (with the team) and it is always a different fitness level when you train by yourself, so now I am getting the feeling of normal training again and I need a little bit more.”
‘Will you be able to be involved tomorrow or is it too soon.’
“No, too soon, with contact I am not totally ready yet so I will probably skip this one and train fully next week. Then maybe see if I can get an under 21s in and then be fit.
“We played a bad game against Chelsea and a good game before that, so it has been too much up and down and we need to try get the ups more and the downs less.
It’s going to be really important 12 games and we have to fight for every point and get as many points as soon as possible to be safe. That is not what you hope for at the beginning of the season but that is the position now.
“Hopefully I can help as much as possible, I had been fit all season (before the eye injury) and I want to be involved as much as I can. I need to prove to the manager that I am fit and then I can help the team.”