Newcastle United’s Miguel Almirón has been a player reborn this season, contributing 11 goals and three assists in 36 games.
The winger suffered a thigh injury and was out of action for a month before making his return in the team’s 3-0 loss to Aston Villa on April 15th. During an interview with Christian Martin from La Nación, Almirón disclosed that he had to take extra care during his injury recovery earlier this year.
“Thank God I am now recovered from a minor injury, but I had to be very careful, little by little I am picking up the rhythm of the matches. Last time I played as a starter again and I feel better game by game,” he said.
The 29-year-old has played a key role in lifting Eddie Howe’s side to third position, six points ahead of fifth-placed Liverpool with a game in hand.
When asked about Newcastle’s “big objective”, Almirón said:
“Last season, the pressure was not to go down and it was hard, so now we try to enjoy each training session to the fullest”.
“We take a lot of responsibility, because we know that qualifying for the Champions League is very big, not only for us but for the club, which it has deserved for a long time.”
“As I always maintain, we have a great group, the results are not given, but we have to continue working. I think that with the work and the good results we have to make a difference,” he stressed.
“We have to take advantage of these friendlies and then the playoffs begin. For us it is very important to bring happiness to the Paraguayan people, which I believe they deserve”.
“Whenever I see the national team shirt in the dressing room, it excites me, not only me, but my teammates. Wearing the shirt of your country is something unique, representing my country is the best thing that could have happened to me in football”.
“I am preparing myself to the fullest because this could be my last World Cup and I am working hard to arrive in the best physical and mental shape for the qualifying matches.”