Newcastle’s Gael Bigirimana comments on his injury and ‘tough’ two years

The Newcastle midfielder is looking to break back into the side under Steve McClaren, after an unsuccessful spell with Rangers.

Bigirimana was once highly thought of at Newcastle, but he has told the Chronicle why his last two years have been tough.

He said: “It has been two tough years for me. But that’s what football is. You are going to get ups and downs and trials like that. Everybody has a new start so we have to do what we need to do.”

Bigirimana was signed from Coventry in 2012 and started to establish himself in the Newcastle first-team in the 2013/13 season.

A midfielder, he showed a real talent and looked to be a bright prospect for the future, but the last few seasons have seen his career stall.

He failed to make a single appearance the following season, and then in 2014/15, spent the first-half of the campaign on the touchlines, before being loaned out to Scottish Championship side Rangers.

However, he arrived at Ibrox injured, and failed to make a single appearance for the club before the end of the campaign.

He is back in pre-season training now, and after making an appearance for the Magpies in their loss to Club Atlas, it appears as if the 21-year-old is in Steve McClaren’s plans for the coming campaign.

It could be a vital season for Bigirimana, as it will show if he has the drive and ability to continue as a Premier League player, and it is good to see the young midfielder back in training in time for the campaign to start in earnest.

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