Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

McGeady Plays through Pain for Cats' Goal

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

McGeady Plays through Pain for Cats' Goal

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Byline: JAMES HUNTER Sunderland writer james.hunter@reachplc.com @JHUNTERCHRON

AIDEN McGeady is playing through the pain of a fractured foot, such is his determination to help Sunderland reach the Championship.

The Republic of Ireland winger suffered the injury in the Black Cats' win at Accrington Stanley at the beginning of this month and sat out two games before returning as a substitute in the defeat by Coventry City. He started the Easter fixtures against Doncaster Rovers and Peterborough United.

The 33-year-old is barely training through the week and is reliant on painkilling injections to get him through matches.

But McGeady is such an influential figure for the Black Cats - a fact underlined this week as Sunderland supporters named him their player of the season, and by his inclusion in the PFA League One Team of the Year - it was worth taking that risk as the race for automatic promotion reaches its climax.

"It's probably not the right thing to say because if you put it out in the open that you have an injury, teams might try and capitalise on it and take advantage," said McGeady, who is Sunderland's 11-goal top scorer in the league following the January departure of Josh Maja.

"Against Accrington, I fractured a bone in my foot, so either my season was over or I tried to manage to play with the aid of anaesthetic injections to try to ease the pain. So from day to day I have been doing nothing, not training, and then playing.

"That's what has happened in the last two games.

"If I am being totally honest, in parts of those games I don't feel myself because there is that thing in the back of my head where I still have this pain.

"But the manager wants to take the risk and I do as well because I didn't want my season to finish because I was enjoying playing and I am enjoying my football and the team was on a good run.

"I didn't want my season to finish six weeks early, so myself, the management, and the physios, took the approach that I could play and not make the injury any worse by getting injections before the games. …

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