Monday 11 December 2017

Quinn's got faith in Meyler

SUNDERLAND chairman Niall Quinn believes that Ireland U21 midfielder David Meyler will come back "stronger than ever" from the injury which has ruined his season.

Meyler has been out of action since suffering a cruciate injury on the final day of last season and though there was a positive report on his progress from manager Steve Bruce last week, Meyler is still weeks away from taking part in full training and is unlikely to play before the new year, but Quinn insists that the future is still very bright for Meyler.

"Dave was feeling pretty sorry for himself, as you can imagine, but he is feeling a lot better now," says Quinn.

"He has always dreamt of playing for Ireland, and it looked as though that was going to happen over the summer, but it had to be put on the back-burner.

"What has happened might even make him appreciate his footballing career even more when he comes back, and he will want to come back stronger than ever.

"He's a very valued part of what we are about here. For the way he came in and took things by the scruff of the neck last season, we'd be especially pleased to see him back fit again. We'll take our time with it because he has a great career ahead of him."

Roy Keane brought Meyler to Sunderland from Cork City for a bargain price of €70,000 in 2008.

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