Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Don't Tell Me That Our Season Is over ... It's Only Just Beginning; after Eight Months on Sidelines, Santon Is Raring to Contribute to United Cause

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Don't Tell Me That Our Season Is over ... It's Only Just Beginning; after Eight Months on Sidelines, Santon Is Raring to Contribute to United Cause

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Byline: Lee Ryder Chief Sports Writer twitter: @lee_ryder

DAVIDE SANTON has shrugged off talk that the season is over for Newcastle United.

And that's no wonder given that the popular Italian defender's campaign is only just starting after an EIGHTMONTH stint on the sidelines. When Newcastle players were jetting out to New Zealand for their preseason tour, Santon was left behind to train alone during the early stages of his rehab.

Plagued by a knee injury from last season, Santon went under the knife in the summer and had not featured in the first team since the painful 4-0 loss to Manchester United.

But when Santon walked out at the King Power Stadium for the FA Cup third round tie against Leicester City it was the end of a long dark tunnel.

The Italian international left-back told the Chronicle: "It was such a long time and I spent a lot of time working by myself. It was a good feeling to be back but not the best feeling, you don't want to lose.

"It's never the best but I'm back." Santon's successful return with no setbacks was a rare plus point as United crashed out in deeply disappointing circumstances.

The former Inter Milan star said: "I am happy on a personal note. It's 55 minutes for my leg and it was a long time for me to be out for eight months.

"It's been difficult but my legs felt right and I didn't feel any pain.

"I am really happy." Santon, though, did cut a disappointed figure after the 1-0 defeat against the Foxes.

Only once during his time at United have they ventured past the third round, and Santon is keen to achieve success on Tyneside.

Looking back on the defeat, he feels United deserved more out of the game and were robbed when Remy Cabella had a goal disallowed for offside. …

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