As we re[ported earlier today Shay Given is to travel to Belgium tomorrow to finally sort out his groin problems.
Shay Given - off to Belgium tomorrow
Shay talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
â€œAll this stop-start business is no good, and I know that we have got to get to the bottom of all this.”
â€œAt this moment I cannot say when I will be back in action, but obviously I want to play again as soon as possible.”
â€œThis is a terrible time for me to be on the sidelines.â€
Shay could be back for the important trip to St Andrews and fellow-strugglers Birmingham City a week on Monday night.
But Steve Harper is also amply capable of holding the fort, and will be very keen to take his chance. Steve played a very good game for the team last Saturday.
Obviously Shay’s future participation will depend largely on what the groin specialist in Belgium finds, and what he recommends as a course of action for the Irish goalkeeper.
â€œItâ€™s not rocket science to link what has happened to me with what happened down at Upton Park the season before last.”
â€œHowever, the frustrating thing for me is that before then I had never had a groin injury or problems in this area throughout my whole career.â€
â€œYes, we are in trouble. But so too are a lot of other clubs from Middlesbrough down over in the Premier League.”
â€œNobody is too big to go down, but I am confident with what I saw against Blackburn on Saturday and from the spirit in the dressing room that we will be OK.”
â€œEverybody is talking about our need to win those home games against Reading, Fulham and Sunderland but donâ€™t be surprised if we pick up something on the road in our next two away games at Liverpool and Birmingham City.”
â€œWe still have a lot of quality players in our squad and on our day we are capable of beating almost anyone.â€
Certainly the game against Blackburn on Saturday was very encouraging because the lads put in an excellent display. And we should have scored at least one of the 8 chances we had on Saturday, as the team continually surged forward and gave Blackburn everything they could handle.
We think we may be able to get a result at Liverpool – and certainly if we play with the spirit and drive we showed last Saturday – anything is possible.
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