Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Camp: I Thought My Career Was over; Relegation Scrap Is No Problem for a Keeper Who Thought Career Was Over

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Camp: I Thought My Career Was over; Relegation Scrap Is No Problem for a Keeper Who Thought Career Was Over

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Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer @sturayner

A YEAR ago Lee Camp thought his career was over, so even being parachuted into the firing line of a relegation battle is a blessing for him. For someone who hates losing and conceding goals, Camp's loan at Sunderland has not started ideally, seeing five goals fly past him in his opening two games before the Black Cats fought back to earn a 3-3 draw at Bristol City. Despite that, he had no hesitation swapping Premier Leaguechasing Cardiff City for the League One-threatened Wearsiders. The 33-year-old's debut at home to Ipswich Town was his first senior appearance since an injury playing for Rotherham United against Leeds United in November 2016. Camp said: "A year ago I was lying in bed with a knee brace on thinking I might never play again. "To be playing in something which matters is fantastic. "Hopefully when all is said and done I will have had a positive effect, the team stays up and the club move forward. "I slid out for a ball in a game, the lad collided with my knee and it just swelled up. "It was a strange feeling, I have had bumps and scrapes along the way but my knee went cold straight away and swelled, I knew it was serious. "I couldn't get out of bed or go to the toilet without my girlfriend getting my leg off the bed. "First investigation seemed okay but something wasn't quite right. "We looked again two or three Turn to Page 50 weeks later and some cartilage had come away from the kneecap. "i spoke to a few surgeons and it was touch and go. i dealt with Andy Williams in London and he had the idea of preserving the cartilage, which was a lengthy process. "Thankfully, i have managed to get back playing. "i consider myself fortunate to have been given this opportunity, one i am relishing." sunderland went into January's deadline day hoping to sign Leeds United's Andy Lonergan and only turned their attentions to Camp once that broke down. he added: "i was preparing for an under-23 game the next day in Cardiff, we had been in training,. …

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