Newcastle United have posted the following update on young Spanish winger Victor Fernandez who has returned from a hip injury suffered last season to get his first minutes back on the pitch.
?? UNDER-23s: After almost one year on the sidelines, Victor Fernández was thrilled to make his return from a long-term injury in Newcastle United Under-23s' pre-season victory at @OfficialRUFC.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 30, 2019
Victor had a dreadful time of it last year as two serious injuries kept him out of action for most of the season.
Victor was a highly touted prospect when he joined from Spanish side UE Cornella in the winter of 2017. He had made a lot of appearances for the U23’s prior to last season but still needs a lot of development before he will have a chance in the first team.
This is what the 21-year-old added about his injuries from last season:
“Last season, I was separated from the team, doing my own work in the gym.
“At first, I suffered a heel injury and then after a few training sessions, I had a hip problem and needed surgery, which kept me out for seven to eight months.
“After a year of being out, it feels great.”
“I just need confidence now because it is has been so long since I was on the pitch.
“It was fantastic being able to do what I love again. I can’t wait to get back to playing football properly again.”
Hopefully, he can continue to recover and maybe see some action out on loan at some point this season.
When former U23 manager Peter Beardsley spoke of the youngster prior to last season he had this to say:
“He is a good kid and I don’t want to be negative.
“The more he comes inside he will get tackled. Get one on one and beat your man and get the cross in.
“The end result is all that matters. He is a lovely kid but he has to have an impact on the game.”
The past year will not have helped Victor in his development so it is important for the club to make the proper decisions for him this year to allow him the best opportunities to fulfill his potential.