Manning sure of recovery
Falcons full-back expected to miss first four games of next season
Last Updated: 09/06/11 5:46pm
Manning: Upbeat despite long injury lay-off
Newcastle full-back Jeremy Manning is confident he can make a full recovery after having surgery on a serious hip problem.
The 25-year-old is expected to miss the first four games of the new Aviva Premiership season after going under the knife in May.
He first suffered the injury against Harlequins in early March before aggravating it when he returned to action against Leeds in April.
But despite facing a long lay-off, Manning expects to be back around October after a successful but lengthy operation.
"The operation took a bit longer than expected and it was only supposed to last less than 90 minutes but it ended up taking about four-and-a-half-hours," he told Falcons TV.
He added: "However, the surgeon was really chuffed with what he had done and he expects me to make a full recovery in good time. I'm happy with it and I'm half walking about with the aid of crutches at the moment."
Manning scored four tries during his debut season with Newcastle as the Falcons narrowly secured their top-flight status on the final day of the campaign.
When he does return, the former Munster player is looking forward to linking up with new signings and fellow New Zealanders Ryan Shortland and Richard Mayhew.
Manning said: "They are two tremendous rugby players and they will definitely bring the team on this year and will bring something different to the team.
"They are both energetic boys and love a bit of rough stuff as well. It will suit them down to the ground up here."