Yedlin ready to put 18 months of pain in past

The Chronicle - - Nufc - By CHRIS KNIGHT Foot­ball writer chris.knight@reach­plc.com @C_M_Knight

DEAN­DRE Yedlin has opened up on his in­jury night­mare as he pre­pares to re­turn and fight for his place in the New­cas­tle United start­ing XI.

The USA in­ter­na­tional has re­vealed he was plagued for al­most 18 months by an on-off groin in­jury which reg­u­larly flared up on match days.

Yedlin de­cided to un­dergo an op­er­a­tion once the Mag­pies had se­cured Premier League safety last sea­son.

Now – after com­plet­ing an in­ten­sive train­ing ses­sion at the club’s Ben­ton base – the 26-year-old (right) has spo­ken of his de­sire to make up for lost time and win his start­ing place back.

Yedlin said: “For nearly 18 months lead­ing up to (the op­er­a­tion), I was hav­ing off-and-on pain in my pelvic re­gion and it reached the the whole pre-sea­son. Now, I am point where it be­came kind of get­ting closer and closer. tough to play. “It is just about go­ing out and “I got an MRI on it and ba­si­cally prov­ing ev­ery day what I can do in the con­clu­sion was I train­ing and hope­fully hav­ing an needed sports her­nia surgery, a op­por­tu­nity in games.” bit dif­fer­ent to groin re­pair. Yedlin ar­rived on Ty­ne­side from “The re­cov­ery for it Tot­ten­ham in Au­gust 2016 and man­aged was meant to be to rack up 95 ap­pear­ances in quicker than it three years at the club. was – there has The USA in­ter­na­tional was a reg­u­lar been some scar starter for the Mag­pies last sea­son tis­sue is­sues but he ad­mits the phys­i­cal and and things psy­cho­log­i­cal im­pact of his re­cur­ring like that, so in­jury at times ham­pered his it has been per­for­mances. a bit frus­trat­ing, Yedlin con­tin­ued: “It was tough and it was a bit con­fus­ing be­cause it es­pe­cially would come and go. with the “There would be months I would new head be play­ing with it and take painkiller­s coach com­ing in. be­fore the game and try to get “You are try­ing to through it, then there would be prove your­self but times when it didn’t bother me at all. I was not re­ally “Even in warm-ups I would be with the team think­ing, ‘It is go­ing to be tough to make it through this game.’ Once the painkiller­s hit in, you can­not re­ally feel any­thing anymore and then adrenalin hits in but, yeah, it is tough.

“As a player you don’t want to stop and then lose your place but you also have to do what is best for you and for the longevity of your ca­reer.

“At the end of last sea­son, when we had se­cured safety, I de­cided it was worth get­ting it looked at.

“I am not young anymore but I still have, hope­fully, some years ahead of me and I just wanted to get ev­ery­thing sorted.

“Hope­fully now I can just look for­ward and will not have is­sues, at least with that part of the body, any more.”

He went on: “I sat down with the club’s med­i­cal staff and they were great about it.

“I think it is im­por­tant you feel com­fort­able, es­pe­cially when you are hav­ing surgery and go­ing through re­hab and things like that, so I give credit to ev­ery­one who has been in­volved in the process.” Dr Wil­liam Mey­ers car­ried out the op­er­a­tion and Yedlin worked closely with the club’s phys­ios be­fore mak­ing his re­turn to full train­ing at the end of Au­gust. The de­fender’s re­cov­ery has taken longer than ex­pected but, de­spite the de­lays, the full-back is con­vinced he made the right de­ci­sion.

It has been a bit frus­trat­ing, es­pe­cially with the new head coach com­ing in Dean­dre Yedlin (on his in­jury)

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