Jonjo Shelvey has now returned to full training, and he’s been out of action far too long with that thigh problem.
So that’s good news this morning.
Jonjo has had to go on regular trips to Barcelona to see a specialist for the injury.
But Shelvey wants to play every game, and he seems to want to come back from injuries too early – because of that enthusiasm.
Sometimes injuries need rest; otherwise, they flare up again.
Jonjo Shelvey has had trouble with his thigh injury
This is what Jonjo has said in an interview with nufcTV:
“I went away in the summer and got myself even fitter to be honest with you and came back to pre-season and then that happens.”
“You’re in and out and it’s hard to get that momentum, to manage the pain.”
“I was literally just hobbling around the pitch and I can’t give the best account of myself for this football club and for myself so I needed to take the time off.”
“It’s been hard and the manager said to me to just nip it in the bud and get it sorted, but I just wanted to keep playing and playing and playing.”
“I eventually learnt my lesson to nip it in the bud and it’s been six weeks now since I kicked a football.”
“Coming out here and starting to re-integrate with the team just brings a smile to your face.” “It’s hard.”
“You’re literally going into training every day and you’re seeing the lads smiling and training outside and running around and that.”
“Even on a match day, you miss that buzz of putting the kit on and playing for your club.
“It was probably my fault in the first place why I’ve been out so long.”
“I should have nipped it in the bud and took a few weeks in pre-season to get it right but the way I am, I just want to play football and go through the pain barrier.”
“Sometimes you have to think about yourself and look after your body and that’s something I realized over the last four or five weeks.”
In the future it’s best to listen to Rafa – he’s seen it all and done it all in football management including how to handle injuries.