Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Winning a Spot in the United Squad Would Be a Dream after My Injury Torment: Kaz; from His Leg-Break Ordeal to Picking Up a Medal with Brighton, It's Been a Rollercoaster Ride for LuaLua

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Winning a Spot in the United Squad Would Be a Dream after My Injury Torment: Kaz; from His Leg-Break Ordeal to Picking Up a Medal with Brighton, It's Been a Rollercoaster Ride for LuaLua

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Byline: LEE RYDER

AS MORRISSEY put it - there is a light that never goes out.

For Kazenga LuaLua, that light was the hope of once again pulling on the black-and-white stripes of his beloved Newcastle United.

That light must have seemed hazy back in November when he lay injured as the North Sea winds swept in across Hartlepool United's Victoria Park.

"I had an X-ray after the game and the results showed that I had broken my fibula, in my lower leg.

"It's a been nightmare." Since then the popular Toon youngster has fought back with determination and true grit to make his return to action.

And when he did eventually run back out in the sunshine at Stamford Bridge, he had been on a journey that can only inspire other young footballers who suffer such shattering injuries.

LuaLua is now in line for another appearance against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, with Alan Pardew a selfconfessed fan of the player's trickery and defence-splitting creativity. And as he looked back on a painful road that has culminated with the glory of playing Premier League football, he told the Chronicle: "My injury was a serious one, and I had to be careful, but now I feel good.

"I'd love to be involved against West Brom.

"But we'll have to wait and see what happens - nothing is a given in football and I know it.

"If it feels good. I'd love to play in that game."

LuaLua, the kid brother of ex-Toon star Lomana, also suffered ankle damage too because of the impact of the injury during the 3-1 defeat against Pools at Victoria Park.

And while LuaLua is loving being back on the big stage, the exciting youngster, who graduated through the reserves with Andy Carroll, said: "I've got next season to look forward to - I'm not going to rush my injury.

"I want to be back in preseason with everything fine." Brighton& Hove Albion boss Gus Poyet has already admitted his interest in taking LuaLua back to the south coast next season. …

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