There had been some talk in May that Newcastle center-back Mike Williamson may not be fully fit to resume training in July.
Mike Williamson – fully fit again
But Mike was at the Benton training grounds yesterday, and the good news is that he seems to be fully recovered from the arm he managed to break in training in early May.
Williamson told the Newcastle web-site yesterday:
“It hasn’t been too bad. It’s just testing day today,” “It’s a case of coming in, making sure everyone is injury-free and making sure we are all ready to go on Thursday when the whole squad are in.”
“I divided my time up over the summer – I enjoyed myself, had a lot of family time and got back into things as well in terms of training so that I was at a good level for when we came back here.”
“We’ve had time to mentally relax, let our hair down and enjoy ourselves, but now it’s all about work and I’m looking forward to getting back up to a good level over pre-season training.”
Williamson has an eight-inch scar down the inside of his right forearm – after the operation that was needed to fix the break he suffered in the gym back in May.
But Mike will now be fully fit to try to keep his first team place in central defense for Newcastle this seaosn.
“It’s completely fine – 100 per cent,” “It was just one of those things, but it’s allowed me to focus more on my legs really.”
“I went away and did a good bit of training on my legs and worked different areas. But it’s fine now and won’t hold me back at all.”
Of course Steven Taylor came in for the last three games and not only played well defensively, but also managed to score a goal in each of those games.
So it remains to be seen just which two center-backs will be the first choice for next seaosn.
Mike has been a terrific signing for the club, and we are still amazed that we picked this lad up for only £1M from Portsmouth a short eighteen months ago – what a buy!
For the record, 27 year-old Williamson has played 48 times for Newcastle but has yet to score that first goal.