Damien Duff is due to start trainings again in a couple of weeks but it will still take Damien almost 6 weeks to get back fit enough to be available for selection in Newcastleâ€™s team.
Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce has revealed that the Irish winger is on track for a first-team return in around six weeks, which will be early December.
Damien Duff – set to return from foot injury in December
Sam told the Sunday Sun today:
â€œDamien is training on a daily basis. Heâ€™s kicking and moving the ball around in one to one situations,â€ â€œThat will hopefully progress soon to him taking in some training with players.
â€œMy opinion would be that we could hopefully get him involved in the massive December that we are facing.â€
â€œIf we can do that weâ€™ll have swum the Channel because at that particular time, every player will hopefully stay fit and be available for selection.
â€œWeâ€™ll need them.â€
Newcastle are scheduled to play seven games in December â€“ and 8 games in 33 days with the final game being at home against Manchester City on 2nd January next year. The fixture pile up has certainly angered Allardyce.
â€œHe will hopefully progress soon to taking in some training with the players,â€
â€œWe will say to the players to be careful with him and not to get involved in tackles with him â€“ just let him get a feel of joining in with the lads again, because that will be a massive boost for him having trained on his own for so long.â€
â€œThen weâ€™ll start with some training games and hopefully some reserve matches.â€
It will be great to see Damien back playing for Newcastle again. While Duff has not played to his potential since he’s been at Newcastle, we think Sam can and will get the very best out of the Irishman.
Certainly Damien hasn’t lacked the effort on the field and with a bit of encouragement from Big Sam, we think he’ll do just fine and start to show his great talent. And there’s no better time than in December, when we’ll need to utilize the whole squad to get though all the games.