Middlesbrough’s Paddy McNair has endured an up and down few years on the pitch, with the Northern Irishman previously being ruled out for 12 months with an ACL injury.
The 25-year-old has caught the eye with some impressive performances for Middlesbrough this term, having signed for the club back in 2016 from Sunderland.
McNair made 28 appearances in total for the Black Cats, and some of the Stadium Light faithful might say that he was one of the few players to come away with some credit to their name in a frustrating few seasons as they suffered back-to-back relegations.
Speaking in an interview with Chronicle Live, former Sunderland man Paddy McNair praised the Black Cats for their support during his recovery from injury.
“Looking back now I was more down than I realised myself. Sunderland were great with me and really helped me through the rehab.”
“I had Duncan Watmore with me as well. He had his cruciate injury at the same time so we did our rehab together. He is actually training at Middlesbrough at the minute so it is good to see him again.”
McNair went on to reveal that he is enjoying his football with Middlesbrough now that he is injury-free, and is keen to carry on working hard during the international break.
“It was tough but I always had the taste of the Euros, playing at Windsor Park and really good nights and I had that in the back of my mind that it was what I wanted to get back to and kept working hard.
“Even after I came back from the injury I picked up niggles here and there. Since then, touch wood, I have been injury-free and I am really enjoying it now.”
Sunderland are next in action on Saturday, when they take on the MK Dons at the Stadium of Light, in a game they’ll be expected to pick up three points from.
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It’s good to hear him praising his former club.
For any player, having a lay-off of nearly a year is going to be tough both physically and mentally, but it’s great to see McNair kicking on since returning from injury.
Sunderland could certainly benefit from having a player of his quality in their side this term as well, as they target a timely promotion back into the Premier League.