Just ahead of his groin operation, Jamaal Lascelles has talked about the problems he has faced in the past six months.
The Newcastle Captain saying that last Autumn he began to feel a problem in his groin and that because of this he could only ‘train at about 50%’ of his normal level.
When it was explained to him that the problem couldn’t get any worse, Lascelles decided to persevere and put up with the pain, in order to help see the club through to promotion.
To help him on a day to day basis, he was given a gym programme to help him manage the problem until he could have the operation.
The club have already confirmed that there shouldn’t be any problem with Jamaal Lascelles being ready for pre-season training in early July.
Jamaal Lascelles speaking to the official club website:
“Five or six months ago, I started feeling my groin. I thought it was a bit of tightness, or whatever, but I was really struggling with it.
“Every day in training, I’d probably train at about 50% – I couldn’t really run, or use my left foot.
“I spoke to the medical staff, and the manager, and it’s not something that can get worse – if you grit your teeth and manage the pain, you can get through it.
“I just thought, ‘We’re in a position here where we can get promoted’, and obviously – being the captain – I wanted to be involved. The manager trusts me and he wants me to play.
“I’ve had a gym programme for four or five months now – you can’t heal it, but you can manage it by doing that. I’ve focused on that every day.
“I’ve probably not helped myself this season, in some areas, but that’s the sacrifice you make, and I’m willing to make it. It’s helped the team, and now I can get this sorted in time for pre-season.
“It has been tough – there have been times where I have had head loss because of how painful it’s been.
“Sometimes, it hasn’t done me any justice because you play how you train. If I’m in training, and I’m just jogging about, it can show on the pitch on a matchday.
“Hernias can be different for different people. I think Alan Shearer once had a hernia and he managed to play nine days later. One of the young boys, Jamie Sterry, has had one and he took it really well – he trained again after four weeks.
“It’s the end of the season and I can rest over the summer a little bit. The first couple of weeks, I’ll just be walking and doing a few different movements, I can’t imagine I’ll be doing anything mad.
“If we weren’t already up, I’d still be trying to get through it and trying to play, but the job has been done, and now I can look after myself and better myself for next season.”