Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Black Cats Star Kyle Fears for His Future

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Black Cats Star Kyle Fears for His Future

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

Kevin Kyle is fighting for his future in football after revealing how he fears that the hip problem which forced him to miss the bulk of Sunderland's Championship campaign could now spell a premature end to his career.

While his Black Cats colleagues are looking forward to a summer of rest ( the Wearsiders yesterday departed for a well-earned holiday in Marbella ( a player who last featured in a first-team fixture nine months ago is facing further tests and rehabilitation work in an attempt to regain full fitness in time for the start of pre-season training.

The popular striker (pictured) is bound for France for a consultation with yet another specialist and could still require another operation to address the hip complaint which first flared up on the eve of the club's summer training camp in the United States last year.

And, although he remains hopeful of playing a part in next season's Premiership challenge, Kyle last night admitted that the implications of his lingering injury have left him fearing the worst.

"I'm really worried about the future and that I might not make it back due to this injury," said the Scottish international, who battled on through the pain barrier at the start of the season in an attempt to help Mick McCarthy's side recover from their indifferent start.

"I have never really talked about it in this way before but the last time I saw my specialist he said `if we can't get this fixed you might have to think about packing football in'. That sits in the back of my mind every day and it is a worrying prospect.

"There are a lot of people in the world with sore hips and I would like to think that we can get this problem solved. I don't like to think these negative thoughts but I might have to quit football and it's there at the back of my mind. …

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