DeAndre Yedlin says he’s tough enough to handle the Championship – after a bruising start to his Newcastle United career.
Yedlin suffered a bruised ankle and a black eye at Villa Park last month.
And the defender, hoping to start against Brentford at St James’s Park tomorrow, is expecting a many more knocks and bumps over the coming weeks and months.
But the 23-year-old – who joined the club in the summer from Tottenham Hotspur – isn’t fazed by the physicality of English football’s second tier.
Asked about the black eye he suffered against Aston Villa, Yedling said: “It’s from the Villa game – I’ve got some scars!
“It’s a physical league. I was prepared for it. The medical staff have done a great job in getting me back fit.
It’s a physical league. I was prepared for it. It’s just something you have to go through. That’s fine.DeAndre Yedlin
“It’s just something you have to go through. That’s fine.
“This league’s a very physical league, so you have to prepare for it.”
Third-placed Newcastle take on Brentford looking to build on their 1-0 success over Rotherham United before the international break, and games will come thick and fast over the coming weeks.
But Yedlin said: “You want that, especially as a younger player. It’s great, as there is so many games and so many opportunities to play.
“It’s a great move for me to come here. Playing under Rafa has been unbelievable.”
Right-back Yedlin – who spent last season on loan at Sunderland – has enjoyed playing with winger Matt Ritchie, who joined the club in the summer from Bournemouth.
“He’s a great player to play with,” said Yedlin. “He’s always going to give 100%.
“Even if you make a mistake, he’s right there behind you.
“If you make a mistake, he’s right there behind you, which is huge. As long as you’ve got their back, and they’ve got yours, I think it’s a hard connection to stop.”
Yedlin returned to Tyneside this week from 10 days international duty with the USA.
The versatile player as a winger in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against New Zealand in Washington DC.
Yedlin also started last week’s historic friendly against Cuba in Havana.
Speaking after the Cuba fixture, Klinsmann said: “In the last camp and in this camp, he (Yedlin) struggled. That’s just reality.”