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.