Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Out of the Myhre!

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Out of the Myhre!

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Thomas Myhre made his long-awaited return after almost 11 months out of action as Sunderland Reserves drew 3-3 against Blackburn at Durham last night.

The Norway international goalkeeper has not played since October after aggravating a thigh injury which has blighted his career since moving to the Stadium of Light last summer.

But after months and months of intensive treatment Myhre is now fit again and looking forward to challenging first-choice Mart Poom and number two Michael Ingham.

Myhre said: "It is very good to be back playing again. I don't think I have ever been out of football for as long as this before - I had previously gone 10-and-a-half months without setting foot on a football pitch.

"It's been such a long time and at one point it was doubtful I would come back at all. But I didn't feel anything from the injury in the game, which was very pleasing.

"The first few times I kicked the ball I was a bit wary because there is a mental side to injuries like the one I had.

"It's not until you have kicked four or five times you realise you feel OK and you start to kick longer and feel more comfortable.

"There were things which could have been better - the late equaliser we conceded for one - but the positive thing is I managed to play 90 minutes and I can look forward now."

Myhre's long-term absence meant he only played a handful of games last season and, despite being told he could leave for nothing at the end of last season, the former Everton man is determined to show the fans what he is capable of.

He said: "I only played in three first-team games and one reserve game last season so I have hardly had the chance to show what I can do since I have been at the club.

"Bbut hopefully I can get a few more games this year."

Sunderland took the lead in the fourth minute against Blackburn when Chris Brown sent Michael Proctor away down the left channel with a measured through ball. …

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