Emyr Huws near to full training as Grant Holt says he working hard for a pre-season return to training.
- Emyr Huws and Grant Holt give updates on their recoveries.
- Huws ready for full training, Holt aiming to return to training in pre-season.
- Injured pair frustrated with being side-lined during season run-in.
Grant Holt and Emyr Huws continue to make progress during their recoveries from long-term injuries sustained in December and February respectively, with the pair aiming to be involved in pre-season training once Latics return in late June.
Speaking at Robin Park as they continued their training throughout the summer, Holt and Huws said they’ve remained positive during the process, but faced the frustrations of not being involved with Latics’ end of season run-in.
Holt, who suffered knee ligament damage whilst on loan at Huddersfield Town in December said:
“It’s been a long time now; it’s four and half bordering on five months since I got injured.
“It’s been tough in between, watching the club get relegated and not being able to do anything about it has been very hard.”
Holt continued, saying he aims to be involved during pre-season training, and has set his sights on being just as fit as he was last summer:
“We’ve got a new manager now, a new start and hopefully I’ll come back in pre-season, like I did last year, as fit as I possibly can be.
“Last year I was the fittest I’ve been in pre-season for nearly 12 years, that didn’t come to fruition here, but this year is a different opportunity.”
You can see the full interview with Grant below, as he talks about his focus to turn around his fortunes with Latics.
With Holt aiming to be involved in pre-season training, Huws on the other hand says he’s ready for full training now, and is working hard to keep his fitness up until the squad return later next month.
“If the boys were still in I’d be more or less back in full training, so for me it’s just about keeping fit and being as fit as I can be for the start of pre-season.
“I’m in the latter stages of my rehab, so it’s great to be almost done.
“Now I’m running, kicking, shooting, everything I’d normally do in training, but without the lads here I can’t get that competitive fitness up.”
Huws in action against Ipswich in January during his last appearance before injury.
Huws suffered his ankle injury during training in February this year, resulting in the need for surgery, he explained:
“I had a piece of bone taken out of my ankle which was causing me all the problems. The surgery went well and since then it’s just been a gradual rehab up until now.
“As a footballer, one of the worst things is being injured and seeing your side struggle, it’s been a frustrating season for the club and myself and hopefully there are better times to come.”
Regularly training with teammate Holt, Huws said the striker has been important during his rehabilitation process.
Emyr Huws and Grant Holt continuing to train throughout the summer.
“I’m training with the other injured players like Grant (Holt), and we all know what he’s like, he’s kept my spirits really high.
“He’s a good guy to have around; his experience has helped me through the process because he knows what it’s like to be put through the frustrations of a long term injury.
“That’s the thing with injury, it can knock you back, but I’ve got to keep my head down and work hard and hopefully I’ll be back in the frame as soon as possible.”