Emre ready to battle
Emre is determined to fight for a place in the Newcastle first-team following his five-month injury nightmare.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 28/09/07 5:26pm
Emre is doubly determined to fight for a place in the Newcastle United first team following his five-month injury nightmare.
The Turkey international has been sidelined since April after breaking his ankle against Reading, and has recently been struggling with a niggling groin problem.
Emre returned to action on Tuesday night in the 2-0 Carling Cup defeat to Arsenal, when he came on as a 60th minute substitute.
The 27-year-old spoke of his 'frustrating five months' and is positive he can recapture the form he demonstrated last season.
"I broke my ankle in April and then got a small groin injury with Turkey and it has been a very frustrating five months," he told the club's official website.
"But I'm very happy to be back playing. Now I have to fight for my fitness and work hard in training which I have always done.
"Last season I was very confident and played well. I know when I play the supporters like me and I like them too very much.
"I know if I play well I will get chances and I am determined to do that."
Emre was linked with a return to former club Galatasaray earlier in September, but he has played down the rumours by declaring that he is happy at St James' Park.
"I saw them (the newspaper reports), but I did not say anything and I do not know why newspapers write things like that," he added.
"I'm very happy to stay here and I have three more years on my contract.
"I like Newcastle and I like the supporters and I will always try my best when I play."