Danny Simpson has opened the lid on his ankle injury today and said how shocked he was when he learned just how serious the injury was.
Danny Simpson – shocked by extent of ankle injury
Danny talked about his ankle injury today:
“I must admit, I was shocked when I came round from the operation and heard how serious the injury was,”
“I was playing with the injury towards the end of the season and I knew it didn’t feel 100%. But I talked to the physios and coaches and they assured me I’d be OK to play the games.”
“It wasn’t feeling that bad, to be honest, and I was able to get through the games, but when I went to London at the end of the season it ended up being quite a lot more serious than we had first thought.”
“There was a bit of chipped bone in there that was floating around and causing problems and I had actually ruptured my tendon, which was a big surprise because I thought it would just be a couple of weeks’ rest.”
That just shows you that it’s never ever good to play when you are injured, because you just don’t know how much further you are damaging things.
There is even a little veiled criticism there of the Newcastle physios and coaches, as they told Danny it was OK for him to keep playing through the pain. But pain is there for a reason – and it’s telling you there is something wrong – that’s just common sense.
Simpson’s comeback is now scheduled for mid-September, with the defender hoping to return to full training in three months time:
“It is the best time to get the injury. I might have missed half the season if I’d had the operation while the season was going on,”
“Hopefully now I’ll not miss that many games. It’s difficult to put an exact time on it but I seem to be healing quite quickly, so you never know.”
“Hopefully I’ll be back in training in September and I’ll be looking to get involved by the end of the month. I just want to be back as soon as possible.”
“It’s difficult because I was buzzing to start playing but it’s not been much fun being on crutches for the last month and a half, but I’ve been back in Manchester and my family have helped.”
Simpson was obviously very disappointed to miss the first game of the season back at his former club Manchester United, and it would have been a great time to show the Red Devils that he is indeed still a very good player in the making:
“I’m gutted,” “I felt like I was going to go back with a bit of a point to prove to the people who had maybe doubted me, but now I won’t get the chance.”
” I’ve just got to look at the positives and, hopefully, we’ll get loads of games at Old Trafford in the next few seasons. I’ll be there getting behind the lads.”
Danny’s right – he just has to be positive because these kinds of things are part of football and part of life, and they are something you just have to go through, and it’s not very pleasant to be sure.
But we have high hopes that with regular first team football next season back in the Premier League, Danny can indeed keep improving and become a very good player for the Newcastle United club.
Certainly the boy’s attitude and temperament are spot on, and he’s just a smashing lad to have at the club. 😀