Jones confident in knee
Kenwyne Jones believes he is over his injury nightmare and is confident in his healed knee.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 13/11/08 3:59pm
Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones is adamant that he is over his injury nightmare and has full confidence in his healed knee.
Jones suffered knee damage while playing against England for Trinidad & Tobago in a friendly in June when he collided with visiting goalkeeper David James.
The striker made his comeback in the derby day victory against Newcastle United, but since then the Black Cats have failed to win sending them into the relegation zone.
The 24-year-old suffered a minor setback when he twisted his knee during training which caused him to miss the defeat at home to Portsmouth on Saturday, but other than that Jones has faith that his knee can cope with the pressure and pace of the Premier League.
He told the Sunderland Echo: "Even when I hurt myself slightly last week, I was sure it would be OK.
"For safety reasons, I went to see the specialist and he confirmed everything is fine. I think the management and the medical staff were more worried about it than I was.
"I've had experience with the injury now and I always had faith that what happened in training last week was nothing major.
"Everything worked out and now I'm just concentrating on pushing on."
Jones was a surprise inclusion for Wednesday's Carling Cup tie against Blackburn Rovers after his manager Roy Keane told the press on Tuesday that he would not feature.
Despite the 2-1 defeat the striker had an eventful night. As well as scoring his first goal of the season he had a goal harshly disallowed while he also hit the crossbar in the first half.
He said: "It was nice to score but you can't really take much satisfaction from it when you lose the game. The other one wasn't offside, I'm convinced of it, but you just have to get on with it and move on."
Keane's men face Blackburn again when the two sides meet at Ewood Park in the Premier League on Saturday and Jones knows that Sunderland need to get back to winning ways.
He added: "We want to pick ourselves up and be ready for the next game.
"We really wanted to progress in the cup, but our priority is the Premier League and we'll look forward to going to Blackburn on Saturday believing we can get three points."