By Russell Edge
Newcastle United defender DeAndre Yedlin has given an insight into the injury problems which ruled him out of the first team reckoning at the start of the season.
The American international made his first appearance of the new campaign in the 2-1 win at home to Stoke, with boss Rafael Benitez starting him ahead of Javier Manquillo.
Despite his lack of recent playing time, Yedlin managed to see out the full 90 minutes, and repaid his manager’s faith in him with a convincing performance at right back.
Following his return to the starting XI, the 24-year-old admitted that it had been a frustrating couple of months thanks to the injury setback, which he managed to aggravate during the off-season.
He told the Shields Gazette: “Coming back from a hamstring injury isn’t easy, because you have to take them pretty slow and be pretty careful with them.
“I’d actually been injured in the very beginning of pre-season.
“I came back for a bit, probably about 10 days, and then I did it again.
“We wanted to make sure it was 110% before I came back, so it didn’t reoccur.”
Speaking about his first match of the season, the former Tottenham man insisted that a return to action was a huge confidence boost to have seen out the match, which was helped by the Magpies securing their third successive victory.
“It was great be back and great to come back on a win,” he told the Shields Gazette.
“It was good for myself to have the confidence to go 90.
“I tried to work myself into the game and not do anything too crazy, just keep it simple, and make it to half time.”
Since arriving from Spurs in the summer of 2016, the 46-time-capped USA international has gone on to make 33 appearances for Newcastle across all competitions, scoring once and chipping in with six assists.
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