INJURY-hit Newcastle United youngster Haris Vuckic is hoping for a change of luck when the new season starts.
The Slovenian starlet missed the majority of last campaign after rupturing his cruciate ligaments in a second string game back in October.
It was the latest in a list of injuries that have stunted the player’s progress on Tyneside.
But the 20-year-old says he has now recovered from the knee injury, and is looking forward to being fighting fit for the start of pre-season training.
He said: “I’m looking forward to pre-season and next season.
“I’m fit now, thank God. Everything’s OK. It’s been a long few months but now I’m fit and that’s the most important thing.
“I’ve had a lot of bad luck in the past but hopefully now it’s finished so I can be fit and focused just on football, playing games and training hard, and I hope the gaffer’s going to give me a chance.”
Vuckic was handed a couple of opportunities in the early part of the season due to Newcastle’s crowded fixture schedule, particularly in the Europa League, where he scored against Atromitos in a qualifier at St James’s Park back in August.
His season was cut short by the injury to his left knee in October, but he returned to training before the campaign finished.
“I started training the week before the end of the season, but usually long-term injuries take two or three weeks of training to get that feeling before you can play,” he added to the club’s official website.
“So there was no point in risking it for the last game. I’m just focusing on next season and pushing on towards that.”
Vuckic spent a spell on loan at Cardiff City last year, and it may be that manager Alan Pardew looks to get him fixed up with a club again.