DeAndre Yedlin has given an interview with nufc.co.uk where he has spoken about his long recovery from a recurring problem. After struggling with pain for 18 months, it was finally decided that DeAndre have sports hernia surgery in May.
DeAndre is back in training now as he gets closer to being match fit and ready for a return to first-team action. He has not featured for Newcastle since losing his place in April to Javier Manquillo.
While he did make 28 starts last season and has been the primary right-back since he joined in 2016, DeAndre knows he’s not going to just waltz back into the side.
This is what DeAndre said about his return to training:
“Now, I’m getting closer and closer. It’s just about going out and proving every day what I can do in training, and hopefully getting an opportunity in the games.”
DeAndre also spoke about the fight for places at right-back where Newcastle have three first-team players in the position:
“My objective now is to get back to 100 percent and get to the point where I’m batting for a place on the field. The guys on the right side, Javier and Emil, have done great and the team have got some good results, so it’s not like I’m going to just step right back in.
“I’m going to have to battle for that, but that’s the competition of the team, and that’s what makes the team better. I’m excited, and I’m ready to do that.”
There will be some high-intensity training sessions for the right-back trio of Emil Krafth, Javier Manquillo, and DeAndre Yedlin. They all must fight it out to see who will get the starting nod.
All three possess different qualities, and Steve Bruce may use a rotation system depending on the opponent. Though, so far he has preferred his new signing Emil Krafth who has started the last four Premier League games.