Newcastle Assistant manager Chris Hughton talked to the media yesterday, because it turns out interim manager Joe Kinnear was off on a scouting mission, presumably preparing for the January transfer window, in case he is still here at that time.
It’s good that at least somebody is looking out for the club these days.
“Mark’s return is the good news, Steven Taylor not making the Wigan game is the minus,” “We have to gauge how much he can do, but he’s on the way.” “He hasn’t done any pre-season and he’s been out a long time. The injury he had is in a very delicate area, but his rehabilitation has gone well and he hasn’t broken down.”
“We’ve got to make sure the volume of work he does is manageable but the aim now is to make sure he keeps increasing that volume in the weeks to come.” “I think he’s happy in himself now. He went over to Australia to seek a second opinion and I think mentally he is right, very much so. I think with all injuries the fear is there – are you going to break down in your rehab?”
“In that period when you are getting stronger you are worried that something is going to go again, but Mark has got through that and he has been able to increase his workload gradually.” “It’s a big lift to see him out on that training pitch again, but we are going to have to be patient. We don’t want to put a timescale on it at the moment, but hopefully he will be back in the first team in a matter of weeks.”
It is a big lift for the club, because there’s no doubt Mark is a very good player, when he’s fit, and we welcome all our injured players back, with our squad being so very small right now.
We hope Mark can be knocking on the door in a couple of weeks, and we hear a lot of this was psychological with Mark, and that he was worried in case his career could be over.
That in itself should inspire him to great things when he gets back.