Shay’s Return To Upton Park Two Years Later

Shay Given returns to Upton Park today nearly two years after his horrific clash with Marlin Harewood which injured his bowel, and caused him groin injuries for two years after the incident.

Shay Given – in great form this season

But Shay seems to have finally got over his problems, following a successful operation at the Germany Clinic of Dr. Ulrike Muschaweck in March of this year. Dr. Muschaweck is a master at getting sports players back after various groin related injuries, and she has been successful with Alan Shearer and Michael Owen, to name but two of our players.

The Irishman collided with striker Marlon Harewood and ruptured his bowel in 2006, the first in a series of injuries for the top goalkeeper, but the 32 year old seems in the best form of his career this season, as he talked about that injury:

“I always felt I could get back to where I was,” “It’s just the fact I kept breaking down, that was the hardest thing to get my head round.”

“In hindsight, I probably should have had the operation maybe a year ago or something but I felt I could get away with it or get through it.”

“But I didn’t and had to succumb to the operations. I do feel if my groin is right then I will get back to my best. I have no qualms about that.”

Well he seems right there, because he’s put in some top performances already for both Newcastle and his country, and we need another one today from Shay, if we are going to get a result in London against The Hammers.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    Sep 20, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Just stay fit Shay, we all love you!

  • toonfan1

    Sep 20, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #2

    just to say Ed- its marlon harewood. west ham 0-10 newcastle 😀

  • Geordie69

    Sep 20, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Shay is an Adopted Geordie Legend and the best keeper Newcastle have ever had.

    My line up to beat West Ham would be

    GK Given
    RB Tozer
    LB Bassong
    CD Cacapa
    CD Taylor
    RW Duff
    LW NZogbia
    DM Coloccini
    AM Nacho
    CF Owen
    CF Xisco

    Come on the Toon!

  • zpq

    Sep 20, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #4

    Shay rocks!

    Lets hope he has another awesome game and stays injury free for a long time…

  • graemer

    Sep 20, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #5

    geodie69 – better N~Mick Mahoney super goaly la la la la la, Mick Mahoney super goaly la la la la la, Mick Mahoney super goaly la la la la la

  • graemer

    Sep 20, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #6

    ne1 got team news for today???


  • graemer

    Sep 20, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #7

    could be Marlin – hes a bit of a diver

  • Leo

    Sep 20, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #8

    tozer is a CB/LB geordie69 he wont be playing right back, and after what i have seen of him when he isnt playing with kadar next to him he is a unstable defender and makes many mistakes

  • ziad

    Sep 20, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #9

    come on ! lets hammer em

  • listie

    Sep 20, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Any links for the game today?

  • dougnufc

    Sep 20, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #11

    Owen’s brace to get 3 points

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 20, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Is martins fit?

  • scottish mag

    Sep 20, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #13

    i reckon we will play


    geremi taylor colo bassong


    possibly gonzalez on the right with owen behind xisco and martins but only if martins is fit and then duff to come on later

  • Geordie69

    Sep 20, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #14

    LEO I know lol ive seen him play a few times he aint ready yet. I Meant switch Kadar to RB like we did with Taylor until hes ready. Geremi Butt and Ameobi are useless.

  • Estranged

    Sep 20, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #15

    okay wuteva as long as ameobi doesnt start im cool!

  • Leo

    Sep 20, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #16

    well switching taylor to right back only worked because he is right footed. tozer is very one footed with his left so it would be dangerous i think

  • Thump

    Sep 20, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #17

    I reckon Duff will be on the bench at the start of the game, Scot Mag.

  • Leo

    Sep 20, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #18

    i missread, kadar is the same, very one footed just like tozer but very promising

    what you could do if you wanted to keep geremi out of right back position ( or whatever reason)

    you could play kadar (if fit) at left back bassong alongside taylor then colo at cb

    and if you want to put colocinni in at defencive midfield you might want to put edgar at right back

  • bear pit

    Sep 20, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Tozer is not ready yet but Kadar is getting closer. All Edgar needs is a run in the team to develop a bit confidence but many got on his case and slagged him after the Hull game.

  • Bill F

    Sep 20, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #20

    With so many injuries and such a small squad (thanks Nero aka MA) it’s more a question of finding 11 fit players to start the game. Scottish Mags selection looks as good as we are going to get. WH seem to be in the same dilemma so we ought to be in with a shout for at least a point. It’s up to the players to rise to the occaision and not let current events put them off.
    I’m a little bit optimistic, well you have to be don’t you.

  • true

    Sep 20, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #21

    ED can we take MA and KK OFF the baner please
    WE MUST move on

  • Rasko a.k.a Hadji

    Sep 20, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #22

    2-0 for Nufc………

    Xisco-63 min

  • toon24/7

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #23

    has any1 got any links to the match?not that shitty justin tv site though,cheers

  • toon24/7

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #25

    cheers listie mate

  • NBS

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #26

    maybe we should adopt a certain 5-3-2 attacking formation to field our best players… and they probably will be at their best with such spaces.

    —-taylor colo bassong—-

  • Danny Duckfoot

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #27

    Llambias Wanted To ‘Slap’ Keegan!

    By Nu Mad Saturday, 20th September 2008

    United chief executive Derek Llambias claims he wanted to “slap Kevin Keegan”.

    A statement released by solicitor Peter Cadman, representing Ashley and Llambias, yesterday said: “Mr Ashley may well have expressed his views that the valuation of the club was too low.

    “His approach was not to express disinterest in either the views or the opinions of fans.

    “Mr Llambias does recall saying he was very frustrated by Mr Keegan during a negotiations meeting that he could have slapped him.”

    The Newcastle hierarchy were overheard as they drank Mojito cocktails in a Dubai bar.

    Llambias is alleged is to have said: “I had to have a third person in the room when I met him otherwise I would have slapped him.”

    A club spokesman said today: “The remarks have been taken out of context.”

    I’ll take Keegan to win, by a first round knock-out !

    Howay the Lads !

  • xfer

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #28

    NUFC: Shay Given, David Edgar, Claudio Cacapa, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Nicky Butt, Damien Duff, Geremi, Charles N’Zogbia, Michael Owen (c), Xisco

    Not our strongest line up. hopefully Cacapa links up well with Coloccini.

  • Ganiyu

    Sep 20, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Any new news ?


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