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20 October 2017

We caught up with Wales international Shaun MacDonald, who continues his recovery from the broken leg he suffered back in April.

  • WATCH: Shaun MacDonald on recovery progress
  • MacDonald broke right leg at Reading back in April
  • MacDonald: "I want to just kick on and get out on the grass and build up my strength."

SM on his progress

I had the screws out last Monday and I didn’t really know how the procedure would go. Obviously it was a straight forward operation but nobody knows how the bone will be and whether it’s healed properly or not because sometimes there can be complications. Everything went smoothly though and I walked out of there normally which is a good thing, but took crutches just in case. I’ve had a good week this week and hopefully now that’ll be the last procedure done. I want to just kick on and get out on the grass and build up my strength.

SM on his latest operation

I agreed with the club’s medical staff and the surgeon that the best time to get the operation done was now instead of having problems down the line when I’m actually fit. Once I reach the point where I’m ready to go out on the grass hopefully there’ll be some light at the end of the tunnel.

SM on the difficulty of being out injured

I’ve never really had a long-term injury like this one before so I didn’t really know what to expect. It’s important to stay positive and just support the lads the best I can. I’m coming in every day and working hard and doing everything right behind the scenes. I want to know that when I do come back that I’ve done everything I can to be as fit as possible. I’ve got small goals to reach for and my next goal is to hopefully be running on the grass within six weeks. That’s my next objective.

SM on the messages of support he’s received

A long-term injury can sometimes be a really lonely place. My wife has been unbelievable with me, so too my parents, family and friends. It’s massively important I give them a mention because without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. The messages I’ve had from fans of the clubs I’ve played for and even fans of the clubs I haven’t played for have been a massive lift. I might not have been able to thank everyone one by one, but I do try and read every message I’ve received and they’ll never know how thankful I am for their support.

SM on Wales missing out on the World Cup

It’s a difficult one to take because we’d done so well in the previous group games. It was one of those games where you knew only one goal would win it, and for us I think we were controlling the game before Joe Allen went off injured which was sad to see really. All credit goes to the Republic of Ireland though because they had a game plan and got the goal which massively important. I wish them well against Denmark in the play-offs now.

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