Newcastle United ace Vurnon Anita says his hamstring feels good and he hopes to be back in action soon as he takes part in a club training camp out in Spain, Shields Gazette report.
The holding midfielder has been out of action for nearly two months with a hamstring problem, missing a number of key matches as Newcastle look to escape relegation.
But boss Steve McClaren will be able to count on his services for the run-in, as Anita confirms to reporters that his hamstring feels good and a return to action isn’t far away.
“I have been out for seven-and-a-half weeks - that is way too long for me and the longest I have ever been out. But I am back training with the group for the first time and my hamstring feels good,” he explained.
“I hope to get back on the pitch very soon to help the team because it is hard watching at any time, but even more so when results aren’t going our way.”
The 26-year-old was a key member of McClaren’s first-team squad before picking up his injury, starting 16 Premier League matches and averaging an impressive 2.6 tackles per encounter.
Anita’s absence has been felt, with the team’s latest 5-1 defeat at Chelsea illustrating their defensive frailties without a proper holding midfielder sitting in-front of the back four.
His best game of the season to date was during the 2-0 victory over Liverpool, and the following week he helped the Magpies record an impressive 2-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur.
The club will welcome his return, and new signing Jonjo Shelvey may benefit from having a player like Anita next to him to concentrate on defensive matters.