Shay set to bounce back and start the season
- 30 May 2010 10:31
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Shay Given is right on course to recover from his shoulder surgery in time to keep goal for City's Premier League opener on August 14.
There were fears that the Republic of Ireland star would struggle to make that deadline after being stretchered off when he dislocated his left shoulder at Arsenal on April 24.
But Given, 34, believes his naturally quick healing power is keeping him on track to resume his No.1 role after being forced to sit out the season's crucial final three League games.
Shay said: "It's going really well. I'm still working with the physios and the specialist says that, if anything, I'm ahead of schedule, so that's good news.
"I was told it would take three to four months after the op. Three months is towards the end of July - so I'm pushing for that if everything goes according to plan and there's no setbacks.
"Everything's going well so far and that's all you can ask. The physios have been really happy with the way it's responding.
But I am a quick healer usually. I've had operations before at Newcastle, and the physios said I responded quickly
"That will stand me in good stead and I'm feeling really positive."
Given had not missed a League game since his February 2009 debut against Middlesbrough, with young England keeper Joe Hart spending the season on loan at Birmingham as a result.
He confirmed in an exclusive website video interview: "I'm hoping to be back for the start of the season. That's the aim - I don't want to miss any games. I was gutted to miss the last week of the season.
"That couldn't be helped but I don't want to miss any more. The first Premier League game is my target and I'll hopefully get a game in before that in pre-season. If all goes well I can be back for the start."