Damien Duff started his first match in more than eight months at Wigan Athletic yesterday, after being out with a severe ankle injury he picked up at Portsmouth last April.
Damien Duff – delighted to be back playing for Newcastle United
Duff told Newcastle World TV earlier in the month how he had been afraid his playing days could have easily come to a premature end, when his surgeon explained he was the first ever footballer to suffer from such an injury.Â Â But Duff spent the entire summer battling his way back to full fitness, and it has paid off, as he has now appeared in Newcastleâ€™s last two games.Â Given the length of time Damien has been out, we think heâ€™s looked surprisingly good in those two games.
But Duff is bitterly disappointed with Newcastleâ€™s recent results, and admits the next game against his former club, Chelsea, will not be easy as he talked to Newcastle TV World this morning:
“It’s great to be back albeit coming back to two disappointing results,” “With all due respect to Derby and Wigan, we should be beating teams like that.â€
“We’re gutted and surprised because we thought we’d turned the corner with some good results.â€ “But that’s been the story of our season, we turn things around then suffer a poor result like Wigan.â€
“Now we go to my former club and it won’t be easy.â€ “It’ll be nice to go back but, to be honest, it doesn’t matter who we’re playing this weekend – we have to come out fighting and give it a good go for ourselves and the fans.”
Duffâ€™s first 18 months on Tyneside had been a little disappointing before his injury, but he seems determined to show Newcastle fans the great play he is capable of.
“To be honest I’m just happy to be running again after the injury and my body feels great – I could run all day,” “I can still feel my foot a bit but the surgeon said that will be the case well into next year.â€
“It’s been frustrating since I joined because of various injuries and I’ve never really got going.â€ “But, now I’m back, I want to show the fans the best of me because I don’t really think I’ve done myself justice so far.”
We like Duffâ€™s attitude and while not wanting to overplay his form he has looked good in the last two games. At least heâ€™s shown glimpses of the good form we know heâ€™s capable of. We need Duff to turn it on as much as he can, because the team needs his skill, both in scoring and making goals.
With the Irishman back Samâ€™s also playing James Milner on the right wing, and playing with two wingers, both of which are good moves for the team. And having Charlie Nâ€™Zogbia at left back still allows him to come through and add to Newcastleâ€™s attacking prowess. We will need all of that if we are to start getting some decent results again.
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