Shay Given has been interviewed for the first time, since he had his groin operation at Dr Ulrike Muschaweck clinic in Munichbegan, Germany, last month.
Shay Given – feels he is over his groin problems
Shay was badly injured in September 2006 when West Ham striker Marlon Harewood collided with him at Upton Park, leaving Shay with a badly perforated bowel.
Shay was interviewed yesterday by the Evening Chronicle and was asked is he had fancied playing yesterday at the scene of his bad injury:|
â€œI would rather not.” â€œI have to move on and forget what happened at West Ham while looking at the bigger picture.”
â€œThe collision seems like a lifetime away, but really it was only last season.”
The 31-year-old Irish star is reluctant to admit it, but the feeling among many, is that he never fully recovered from his initial injury.
â€œI was told in Germany there was still a lot of scar tissue following my first operation on my bowel.” â€œThis has been hampering me and it could have been a contributing factor to why I have kept breaking down during the last 18 months.”
â€œBut Dr Muschaweck has assured me she is confident that the operations have been successful and this is a huge weight off my mind.” â€œAt the moment I am still on rehab work in the gym, and Iâ€™m feeling fine and a lot stronger.” â€œWhen manager Kevin Keegan said last week that I would not play again this season, there were no complaints from me.”
â€œWhy risk anything and rush back for the sake of one or two games before the end of the season?” â€œObviously, it is frustrating watching games, because Iâ€™m one of those guys who wants to play every game.”
â€œBut now that I have had the operations, I feel that I can play for years to come.” â€œThis was always going to be a quiet close season for me with the Republic of Ireland not being involved in the European finals.”
â€œBut really, because of the time I have had off, I feel that I have already had my summer and close season.â€
Dr Muschaweck is the world renowned surgeon who had Michael Owen back after just 10 days last year, and she has also operated on Alan Shearer. If she says it’s OK, you’ve got to be believe Shay is fully recovered now, and that’s just great news for both Shay and Newcastle fans.
But Steve Harper has been playing very well, to say the least, and Shay will know that he will need to battle for the first team jersey next season.
Kevin Keegan is right when he says that in Given and Harper he feels he has the best pair of goalkeepers in the Premier League.
â€œI have to say Steve and the rest of the lads have been brilliant in the past few weeks, and this augurs well for next season.”
â€œKevin Keegan is obviously the right man to manage this club and I am happy I will be there with him next season.â€
Roll on next season, and whoever wins the number one spot next season, we know our goalkeeper will be a strength.