Newcastle United right-back Emil Krafth is remaining upbeat in his recovery from an ACL injury. The Sweden international picked up the injury in August’s Carabao Cup win at Tranmere Rovers and is unlikely to return until next season.
The 28-year-old is two months into his recovery after undergoing surgery. Krafth has spent the most part of rehabilitation alongside his family in his homeland, however returned to Tyneside last week to see his teammates before the World Cup break.
Krafth, in particular, has been speaking and taking advice from Callum Wilson. The England striker knows all about ACL injuries having had the same issue twice during his days at AFC Bournemouth.
Krafth provides injury update
“Everybody has been very supportive and some of the lads know what I’m going through with tough injuries,” Krafth told NUFC.co.uk. “Callum Wilson has been very supportive and we have spoken a lot. He told me about his rehab and how he recovered and kept positive and this really helps.
“I still have a long way to go because my injury was tough and the first few weeks were hard when you can’t do much after surgery. Now I can do more and more and each day is a step closer to playing and it helps me to focus and stay positive when I’m watching the team and seeing how great they are doing.”
Krafth is at the stage of doing some light cardio on the bike as he prepares to step up his recovery. In the defender’s own words, he still has a long way to go, but his eventual return will be a welcome sight for Newcastle supporters given his efforts to help keep the club in the Premier League last season in Kieran Trippier’s absence.
He added: “The medical team have been so good and supportive. They’ve seen injuries like this before so they know what players are going through and how they can help in all aspects and how to make me keep feeling good. When it’s a long injury it can be hard to keep going but the schedule they give me is really good and mixes things up a bit.
“I’ve done some rehab in Sweden for a few weeks so I can be with family and friends and help switch my focus into other areas and not just think about my injury all the time. Now I’m in Newcastle recovering and it’s been good. The doctor said it’s good for me to mix up the environment I’m in to keep feeling good and help with the whole process.”