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Atsu: I could have been out for three months

1:38 AM GMT+8 22/12/2017
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The Ghana international discloses how his last injury could have kept him out until the New Year

Newcastle United star Christian Atsu has shed light on his recent injury, revealing how he was scared with an initial 12-week lay-off prognosis.

The Ghanaian spent four weeks on the sidelines after straining a muscle while attempting a shot in a league fixture with Bournemouth on November 4.

With the injury initially not thought to be serious, the 25-year-old headed for international duty after the game but a relapse while training with Ghana sent him off the pitch until his club's December 9 encounter with Leicester City.

“I was really frustrated when I got injured,” Atsu said, as reported by The Shields Gazette.

“I was playing and the team was doing well.

“It was a surprise to get the injury. I was told I could be out three months but I recovered well.

“I now want to focus on doing well and improving the team. I feel so sad when we lose game. 

“I feel sorry for the fans. I want to win so we can be happy.”

With three outings since his injury return, Atsu has made a total of 14 Premier League appearances and scored once this campaign.

He joined Newcastle permanently in June after helping the team secure topflight promotion during a loan stint from Chelsea last season.