Given winning fitness race
City keeper expects to be ready for the big kick-off in August
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: May 28, 2010 10:05pm
Shay Given is confident he will be back to full fitness in time for the start of the 2010/11 season.
The Manchester City goalkeeper is currently nursing a shoulder injury, with the problem so severe he required surgery to aid his recovery.
He dislocated the shoulder in question when saving a shot from Arsenal's Abou Diaby during a goalless draw at Emirates Stadium in late April.
Given also suffered ligament and tendon damage in the process, ruling him out of action for a prolonged period of time.
The setback saw City forced to sign Sunderland's Marton Fulop on an emergency loan, with their keeping options stretched to breaking point.
Given, though, believes that a summer of hard work on the training field will see him back in contention by the time the new season gets underway in August.
"I saw the specialist yesterday (Thursday) and he was pleased with my progress," the 34-year-old Irishman told Sky Sports.
"He said if anything I'm ahead of schedule so that's good news.
"I've been training all week in Manchester with the physios. It'll be a different summer for me but the most important thing for me is to get back for the new season and that's my target.
"That's the plan and after yesterday's meeting I should be okay."