Mikel Merino reveals where he is at with his recovery from injury at Newcastle

Mikel Merino's closing in on a comeback for Newcastle United '“ but he's unlikely to be involved against Watford.

Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 7:47 pm
Updated Thursday, 23rd November 2017, 7:57 pm
Mikel Merino

The midfielder has missed the club's last three Premier League games, all of which ended in defeat, with a back problem.

However, Merino, signed from Borussia Dortmund on a permanent deal last month, is back in light training ahead of Saturday's home game against Watford.

The 21-year-old told NUFC TV: "It's always hard not being able to play football and having to see the team without being able to help them on the pitch.

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"But I've tried to think positively and put 100% into the recovery. I know it's less time now (before) I come back."

Merino – who initially joined Newcastle on a season-long loan from Dortmund – started his recovery in his native Spain.

Asked about the injury, Merino said: "One bone is partially broken.

"I've been with some specialists in my home in Pamplona watching the way to recover the bone and the disc. That's a little bit broken as well.

"I was there for two weeks and tried my best. I know what I have to do to be at 100% again and I'm doing it."

He added: "I'm doing double sessions to improve my strength. We're trying to improve my fitness. I don't feel the pain as much as I did in the beginning."

While Merino is desperate to be back on the field, he won't take any risks.

"I hope to be 100% soon," said the Spain Under-21 international. "I think we're doing the right things, the proper steps. I'm ready to start training harder.

"I want to take my time and I want to help the team as well. We have to take care about every injury. I know that the team is doing great job.

"We're working hard, and I can see it in training."