Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Golding Closing in on His Falcons Comeback; Prop's Injury Heartache Over

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Golding Closing in on His Falcons Comeback; Prop's Injury Heartache Over

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Byline: Mark Smith

NEWCASTLE Falcons prop Jon Golding has revealed he is just a whisker away from full fitness, after three months on the sidelines.

The 28-year-old has missed the last ten games with an ankle injury, revealing: "I'm only a couple of weeks away now. The rehab is progressing well, although it's been a pretty long one and a frustrating time. The best way to put it is that I feel like I'm really close, and in one of the next few games I'll be hoping to get involved again."

Explaining the niggling injury which finally came to a head in late September, the Northumbrian said: "I had a tear in my Achilles, and it's just one of those things you get from time to time as a front-row player.

"A little tear can quickly turn into a big tear, so I've had to be very careful in what I've been able to do.

"I'm not quite training with the team just yet, but I'm doing full running sessions and full weights without any problems. The next step is to scrummage, and from there I'll be back in the mix with the rest of the lads, so I'm not far off really." A frustrated spectator during a threemonth spell which has seen the Falcons win four and lose six of their ten outings, Golding said: "I always go to th e games because I want to support the lads and still be part of the team, even though I'm not playing. It is frustrating being out injured, but I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel now."

Sunday sees the Falcons on the road as they travel to London Wasps in league action, with the same fixture last season seeing a day of contrast for Golding.

"I got a broken rib and man-of-thematch in the same game, so it was a bit of a double-edged sword really," he said, in reference to the 12-6 victory. "It was a great day for the boys though, because we'd never beaten Wasps at Adams Park in our entire history.

"It was a big run to break and a massive result for the boys, so it's a shame that I can't be involved this weekend in trying to repeat the trick. …

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