Saturday, October 16, 2010

Niall Quinn backs David Meyler return

Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn is backing Cork born midfielder, David Meyler to return from his injury nightmare stronger than ever.

The Ireland u21 international returned to training with Sunderland this week after cruciate ligament damage, but it will be some time before the Irishman is back in red-and-white stripes.

Along with Jordan Henderson, Sunderland midfielder Meyler was one of the finds of last season. The young midfielders were handed five-year contracts as reward for impressive maiden seasons as established first-teamers.

But while Henderson’s star continues to rise – with rumours he is on the verge of elevation to the full England squad only weeks after his Under-21 debut – Meyler’s progress has been stalled by a horrific injury picked up against Manchester United in May.

Meyler has stepped up his rehab and begun light training after undergoing surgery on a ruptured cruciate knee ligament he suffered in Sunderland’s final home game of last season, against Manchester United in May.

But the Ireland international – who had just been called into the senior international squad before being stricken with injury – will not play again until the New Year.

The 21-year-old made a big impact for the Black Cats last season and will be welcomed back with open arms when he returns.

Sunderland chairman Quinn said: “Dave was feeling pretty sorry for himself, as you can imagine, but he is feeling a lot better now.

“He has always dreamt of playing for Ireland, and it looked as though that was going to happen over the summer, but it had to be put on the back-burner.

“What has happened might even make him appreciate his footballing career even more when he comes back, and he will want to come back stronger than ever.

“He’s a very valued part of what we are about here.

“For the way he came in and took things by the scruff of the neck last season, we’d be especially pleased to see him back fit again.

“We’ll take our time with it because he has a great career ahead of him.”

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