Glyn Hodges said that Luke O’Neill is in good spirits after a successful ankle operation – and our manager believes the experienced defender can come back stronger in the New Year.
Luke’s operation went according to plan last week, and he’s had good support from our medical staff, team-mates, and the management.
“Luke is in a good place, and the operation went really well,” said Glyn. “The only problem was that due to the Covid-19 outbreak and the two week shut-down for us he couldn’t have the operation. He’s probably two weeks behind so he could have been in an even better place, but he’s just got to take his time and come back fitter and stronger, and we will look forward to welcoming him back.
“It’s hard when you are out injured as a footballer. You come in to see the boys and have banter, but when you are going through the rehab it can be a lonely place. He’s here for long hours when the boys are gone and Luke has a lot of hard work in the gym and the physio room still to do. You feel for him, but he’s an experienced campaigner, and being injured is part of the life of a footballer. You have to try to use the time out positively, so that you come back stronger.
“It’s likely to be the end of January, but it’s difficult to set an exact time on it. Every player is different, but hopefully he’s a quick healer and he comes back sooner.”