It’s being reported today that Damien’s Duff foot injury was a lot worse than people first thought and even the surgeon who operated on him way back in April had not seen this kind of injury to a footballer before.
Damien has opened up to Newcastle World TV today to talk about the injury which has kept him out almost 8 months.
Damien Duff - horrendous ankle injury
Damien said today:
“It was devastating,” “You should have seen me when I first found out in the surgeon’s office, I broke down in tears.â€
“It was a dislocation in the middle of my foot and the surgeon said he had never seen it on a footballer before and that was a shock.”
Duff of course returned last week to full training with the team but he will not be rushed back too quickly into first team action. That seems a wise decision by the medical staff. He’ll probably have some reserve team games but then maybe towards the end of the year he should be challenging for a place on one of the wings.
Duff went on:
“It’s great to be back training with the lads and I’ve started my second week,” “You take things for granted and being out for so long has made me appreciate things an awful lot more.â€
“It’s too soon to pin-point a game. I was the only footballer to ever get it.â€ “It’s a case of taking things one day at a time because I’ve had my foot up all summer.
“We’ll be looking at a couple of reserve games first but hopefully it won’t be too long before I’m back.”
We’re really pleased to have Damien Duff back in full training. We sometimes forget the important things in our fervour to have our team back to greatness again. But we’re pleased Duff has come through what looks like a very tough time. We’re sure he’ll get just a great reception from the fans when he finally returns to the first team. While we’re yet to see the best of the Irishman at Newcastle, let’s hope that when he comes back he’s as good as ever. We really need Damien at his best to break open those defenses for our strikers.
Welcome back Damien.