Kevin McNaughton updates us on his recovery from injury.
- Kevin McNaughton injury update.
- Defender hopes to be back in full training before the end of the year..
- Development Squad games the next step in recovery process.
The defender has been recovering since Latics’ 2-0 defeat away to Gillingham in late August, where he ruptured a tendon in his hamstring.
McNaughton travelled to London and had to undergo surgery with knee specialist Andy Williams, effectively re-attaching the tendon, but now he says he can now see the light at the end of the tunnel, and is just a few weeks away from re-joining his team mates for full training.
Speaking at Latics’ Christopher Park Training Ground, McNaughton said:
“The most disappointing impact of the injury was the fact I wanted to come in and make a good impression and the injury has obviously taken that initial opportunity away from me.
“I am not far off getting back involved in full training now, I’m a couple of weeks away, there have been no set-backs and it has come along pretty good.
“I am looking forward to getting back out on the pitch, it has been a difficult year for me after breaking my leg last season too, so hopefully that is the end of the long-term injuries.”
McNaughton has been working on strength and running patterns with Head of Physiotherapy, Russell Hitchen and his team, and is about to start a power and explosive programme, with the aim of featuring for the Development Squad in the near future.
“I am hoping to get a couple of development squad games under my belt soon but it is just a case of taking it week by week at the moment.
“There are a lot of games coming up and that is the nature of the beast in this league, we’ve got a decent size squad so it will be difficult for me to get my place back, but hopefully I can get involved and make an impact in the second half of the season.”
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