A very good report on Newcastle’s official web site today about our great Irish goalkeeper Shay Given.
Shay Given – fittest he’s been in a long time, even with his eyes closedÂ 😀
As we know Shay has had a couple of bad seasons for injury, after his horrific injury at West Ham back in 2006, when he clashed with Marvin Harewood.
But he has now been treated by the famous German surgeon, Dr Ulrike Muschaweck, at her clinic in Munichbegan, Germany.
Dr. Muschaweck has an almost perfect record on footballers she has operated on, who include Alan Shearer and Michael Owen.Â After the operation she told Shay his injury problems with the groin would be over.
And believe us, she is almost always right, and she’s probably the best groin surgeon in the world, her record is unbelievably good.
Shay Given has been hard at work during the summer, in a bid to get ultra fit for the coming season, and he seems to have achieved that goal.
The Ireland star has already played 85 times for his country and missed the last 11 games of last season, following another recurrence of the groin and stomach problems.
And Steve Harper came in as his able deputy, and played little short of magnificently for the side, so we know the competition for number one will be fierce, and both goalkeepers seem to be confident of winning the number one spot.
In our poll, with over 1450 votes in so far, 64% of our readers think Shay will be first choice, and the goalkeeper himself seems to have few doubts either, as he told Newcastle TV today:
“I’m just itching to get playing some football again,”Â Â “I’ve been working all summer really and I’ve never really stopped.”
“I came back a week early to work on my strength in the gym and I feel great.” “I think this is the fittest I have ever been and I certainly hope the groin and stomach problems are behind me.”
“It’s the best they have felt for a long time and I have got a lot of confidence in myself about how good it feels.” “When I kick a ball now it seems to fly off my foot and that’s a big relief and I’ve been diving about like a lunatic.”
“As a professional you want to play in every game and last season was frustrating, but hopefully with the surgery I’ve had and my rehab I’ll be able to play in every game next season.”
Shay is just 60 games short of becoming Newcastle United’s record first team appearance holder, and there would be few brave men or women, who would bet against him achieving that tremendous record.
Really good news from Shay today, and he’s just as enthusiastic as ever.