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Why forgotten striker Facundo Ferreyra still hasn’t given up hope of earning a permanent move to Newcastle

HOPE ... Facundo Ferreyra, left.
HOPE ... Facundo Ferreyra, left.

FACUNDO Ferreyra says he hasn’t given up hope of earning a permanent move to Newcastle United – despite seven months in the shadows at St James’s Park.

The striker, signed on a season-long loan from Shakhtar Donetsk last August, is yet to make his debut.

I have not been lucky enough to play due to physical problems, but I am working to get well and stay on the field because I would love to stay and play here.

Facundo Ferreyra

But the 23-year-old – who is close to a return from a slipped disc – still hopes to stay on Tyneside beyond the end of the season.

“I have not been lucky enough to play due to physical problems, but I am working to get well and stay on the field because I would love to stay and play here,” said Ferreyra.

“The team was already established when I arrived, and when I started to feel good, I had this injury and I’m struggling with that.

“The truth is it’s great (in England) because I think the Premier League is the best league in the world.

“It is a very physical league. The defenders are very strong, and you must be able to withstand the rigour.

“Here if you are not good physically you can not play.”

Ferreyra said he had to leave Shakhtar because of the conflict in eastern Ukraine which has englufed the city of Donetsk.

However, the Argentinian, nicknamed “Chucky”, will have to return to his parent club if, as expected, he is not offered a permanent deal at Newcastle.

“I hope to stay,” said Ferreyra. “If not I can return to Shaktar and see if I want to stay there or not.

“In case I do not, I will have to go on loan.

“But I will fight to see if I am to play in Europe. I trust my ability and think I can do it.”