Goalkeeper back on his feet and on the pedals...
Mike Pollitt’s thigh injury in Wigan Athletic’s FA Cup third round replay against AFC Bournemouth set him back this season but the past is something he’s keeping well out of focus and the long-serving stopper is only looking forward.
“I’ve been doing a bit of running,” said the 41-year-old.
“I started some goalkeeping work today and considering it’s only been 10 weeks since I picked up the injury I’d say that’s quite good going.
“It’s seems like ages ago since I had the brace on my leg and it was frustrating at that point not being able to do anything but I've moved on from there now and I’m just looking towards getting fit.”
The rolling hills towards Bolton have become a big part of Pollitt’s rehabilitation process and he’s taken to two wheels to push himself towards full fitness.
“I spoke to Richard Evans about whether cycling would be good for the injury and he said yes, so I took it upon myself to buy a bike and cycle to and from work.
“It’s a 30 mile round trip from my house to the training ground, coming in is easy and quite pleasant but the home leg is really tiring.”
Polly’s journey back from Christopher Park takes on a big challenge as he cycles through and out of Wigan town centre, he added:
“Going up towards Aspull is a nightmare with that big hill and then it drops down, before another hill and then I dip down past the Reebok Stadium and then I’m going back up a hill again to where I live in Bolton; it’s like Tour de France.
“I've had all the jokes from the lads; I suppose Tour de Bolton doesn't quite have the same ring to it.”
Pollitt believes that his new routine is paying off and he’s happy to be taking in the local scenery.
“If it helps me then I’m happy, I’d much rather cycle on the road than on the static bikes in the gym because there’s a bit of scenery rather than just staring out of a window, I’m not too keen when there are big trucks coming up behind me though.
“I’m all wrapped up, gloves on, hat on, snood on the job lot and a fluorescent jacket of course for safety reasons.
“Not many people have recognised me yet but I got a Tweet the other day saying I’d been spotted.”
With his fluorescent jacket on it’s a surprise Pollitt hasn't been spotted on the roads of Wigan and Bolton, which would beg the question… where’s Polly?