Christian Atsu helped us survive in the Premier League last season and he missed final six games of the season with an injury.
His knee has been troubling him for three years now and the surgery he had was to remove part of the fat pad in his knee.
Once the winger recovers (usually takes three to four months) he should be 100% and will not need special training and injections to play: that’s been the case over the last two years on Tyneside.
Christian Atsu – arriving for the Newcastle vs Liverpool game
Christian, as usual, is upbeat and he said this on nufcTV in an exclusive:
“It’s been three weeks now since I did my surgery and I’ve been working on my recovery.”
“I’ve been doing gym work and I’m feeling better and getting stronger each and every day.”
“I had a problem with my fat pad where parts of it were touching the other parts of my knee and they had to take part of the fat pad away.”
“The doctor said that everything was successful.”
“The recovery will take three to four months, but he also said everything will depend on how I’m feeling.”
“I had the injury for three years and I was playing with it, but I thought to myself: ‘This is the right time to solve this problem.’”
“I want to be better when I’m playing and to be pain-free too. So I’m very happy that at least I have the chance to solve it.”
“Over the last few weeks I’ve been recovering faster than I expected. I’ve started running on the anti-gravity treadmill.”
“I’m doing weights on my knee too. So I’m happy that I run with at least 70% of my weight.”
“I’ll keep pushing more every day, but also be careful. The physios are very happy with my progress.”
“I am working with them and the doctor, who is checking my progress and how I am feeling.”
“With their support I think I am recovering really well and I am happy with everything that is going on.”
The 26-year-old is an honest player and a hard worker and the area of his game he has to improve is his final pass.
He has speed and skill and if he’s 100% fit next season we look forward to seeing a rejuvenated Christian Atsu playing for Newcastle.
Last season he played 29 games with 2 goals and 2 assists and at Newcastle, over the last two years, he’s played 64 times with 7 goals and 5 assists.
He has 42 caps for Ghana with 9 goals.