Newcastle United defender Davide Santon has revealed how his knee felt during the FA Cup game against Leicester City.
Newcastle lost the tie 1-0 but there was some good news as Santon made it through 55 minutes of the game with no setbacks on the knee injury, which kept him out of the team for eight months.
Santon spent time training alone in pre-season, continued to work hard over the first half of the season and it’s a boost for the club he looks ready to play a key role in the next few months.
“It was such a long time and I spent a lot of time working by myself. It was a good feeling to be back but not the best feeling, you don’t want to lose,” he told the Chronicle.
“I am happy on a personal note. It’s 55 minutes for my leg and it was a long time for me to be out for eight months.”
“It’s been difficult but my legs felt right and I didn’t feel any pain. I am really happy.”
One of the main problems for Newcastle so far this season has been their defence and Santon’s return will only act as a measure to sure up the backline.
The side have conceded the highest number of goals out of any team in the top 12 and the full-back should make them much more difficult to break down in big games.
He also has a key role to play in terms of getting forward, supporting the attack and providing extra width, all of which will become easier for him as he accumulates minutes and his knee grows stronger.
“We’re thinking about more than just staying in the Premier League. We have Chelsea next and that’s another tough game.”
It’s also encouraging that Santon seems determined for the side to push on and not settle for an average season, which is encouraging if he can make sure that mentality rubs off on his teammates for the rest of the season.