Paul Robinson says it is “very good” to see Newcastle United winger Matt Ritchie back on the training pitch after his injury layoff this season.
The former Spurs and England shot-stopper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says he knows how frustrating it can be sitting on the sidelines with a problem and that it can be a long process to get back up to full fitness.
Newcastle posted photos of the Scottish international back among first-team training, having been missing from action since a poor challenge from Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury at the end of August.
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Robinson says that Ritchie could have a major impact on the squad when he is back to full fitness, but insists he cannot be rushed back to the first-team after being out for over two months.
Robinson told Football Insider: “He’s been out a while, he’ll be like a new signing for Steve Bruce. He’s obviously not had him around much while he’s been there.
“Pictures of him coming out and back training again, it’s only good. As a fellow professional, you see players who have been out a long time, you know how frustrating it is yourself.
“It’s still a long journey to go when you get back to the grass, there’s still a lot of conditioning and strength and physical work to get you back but yeah, early signs seem very good.”
Ritchie, who has played both as a winger and a full-back in recent months, was named in the starting XI for all four of the club’s opening fixtures in both the league and the cup before his injury blow.
He has 129 appearances under his belt for the Magpies, netting 22 goals and setting up a further 25 assists for his teammates.
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