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22 February 2019

After suffering concussion against Rotherham United, Danny Fox tells us why it's been so important to take his time in coming back ahead of Ipswich Town on Saturday.

  • Match Day Programme: Danny Fox.
  • Latics' January signing is the feature interview in this weekend's edition.
  • Fox and co. take on Ipswich Town in the Sky Bet Championship.

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After shaking off the cobwebs of a head injury suffered in the 1-1 draw away at Rotherham United, Danny Fox sat down to discuss his arrival at the club, running out of superlatives for his team mates and the way they’ve made him feel welcome, but first, the serious issue of the incident at the New York Stadium…

You can also listen to Danny's full interview on our latest podcast episode.

It’s been some start to your Latics career, Danny. You had a winning debut and then a boot in the face in your second game, how have you been recovery from the incident at Rotherham United?

“The debut against QPR was great because it was a much-needed win for the lads.
“It was good to get off to a winning start and then we started reasonably well in the Rotherham game against a side who make it very difficult for you.

“Unfortunately, my game came to an early end with me in a heap on the floor, but the lads dug in well and got a good result, especially after we fell behind.

“It was never part of the plan to get volleyed in the face. I couldn’t remember anything afterwards for a good few hours.

“The medical staff from both clubs looked after me really well, so I have to thank Andy Procter, Nick Meace and the Rotherham guys.

“Once I came around, I was more concerned about whether or not we’d got a positive result.

“I had no idea how long I’d been unconscious for, but when I came around, I panicked and I felt really uncomfortable because the neck brace was on and I really wanted to get it off. It was precautionary and I wasn’t allowed to take it off, but it was definitely the right thing to do.

“It was just one of those things that happens in a game from time-to-time. There was nothing in it and now I’m just focused on being involved in the next game against Ipswich.”

With head injuries in football there are rules and regulations to abide by. There’s no doubt you must have been keen to return as quickly as possible, but it’s not something to be taken for granted is it?

“The safety period is something everyone has to adhere to. There have been some severe, career ending head injuries in recent years and you never know from the moment it happens how bad it could be in the future.

“Problems can always develop later on down the line, so it’s a precautionary process to not rush players back, it’s all about welfare, it’s much more important than coming back to play one game and then having an issue in the future.

“Previously you could suffer a head injury, say you’re okay and then years down the line the damage has already been done.”

Since your last appearance we’ve been away in Dubai for some warm-weather training, that must have been tough?

“I didn’t play in the game, but I went on the trip and did my own bits of light work. The lads got a good result against the Chinese champions (Shanghai SIPG) and it was good for me and the rest of the new signings to integrate with the lads off the pitch as well as on it.

“It was good to get to know the staff a little bit more, they’ve been really welcoming and I’m thankful to everyone for how they’ve treated me so far.

“The break came at a very good time. You need to get to know your peers just as much off the pitch as you do on it.

“Everyone came back refreshed and injury free, and the lads who haven’t played as much got some more game time. The squad is looking really well at the minute.

“We’re ready to kick on now for what is a massive game against Ipswich and it’s one which we’re definitely looking to get three points in.”

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