Emre happy with return
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Emre has spoken of his delight at finally shrugging off two months of injury torment.
Turkish star Emre has spoken of his delight at finally shrugging off two months of injury torment to make a playing return for Newcastle.
The midfield schemer climbed off the bench to play the final 13 minutes of Newcastle's win over AZ Alkmaar in the Uefa Cup on Thursday.
Emre's appearance, which drew a standing ovation from the St James' Park faithful, was his first appearance since he damaged his calf on New Year's Day.
The Turk has also had to contend with allegations of racial abuse following clashes with Everton and Watford, but he is just happy to be able to put his injury troubles behind him.
"I'm very happy, because I haven't played for the past two months," he told The Sun.
"And I have to thank everybody - manager Glenn Roeder, the supporters, my team-mates and my family - for their support.
"When I signed for Newcastle I knew how good the supporters were. They gave me strength when I came on the pitch because I knew they were behind me.
"It's hard coming back after being out for two months with a calf problem and now I need to keep working hard on my fitness.
"I'm just very happy to be back playing."