‘Jedi’ gives update on his condition ahead of Sky Bet Championship run-in after three months out with ankle injury.
- LATICS LISTEN: Everton loanee Antonee Robinson delighted to be back to fitness for Wigan Athletic’s Sky Bet Championship run-in
- ‘Jedi’ says he is ‘match fit and ready to play’ but understands his return to action will come at the right time
- Robinson: “I’m just happy to be back and looking forward to putting in all the hard work and finishing the season off strongly.”
Speaking on the latest episode of our podcast, Latics Listen, Everton left back Antonee Robinson gives us an update on his condition as he returns to Latics for the remainder of the 2018-19 season after three months out with an ankle injury.
You must be delighted to be back and hit the ground running again after a lengthy spell on the side-lines?
“It’s lovely to be back and in around the lads, obviously I’ve had about 11/12 weeks out with this injury. I had to have surgery on my ankle and I’m just happy to be back and looking forward to putting in all the hard work and finishing the season off strongly.”
The injury occurred during international duty with USA, was there any complications with the injury with regards to your recovery?
“At first, the symptoms showed that it was going to be a little sprain with only a couple of weeks out and then I got an MRI scan and seen that I’ve completely ruptured the ligament.
“They decided because I’m quite young it was best to get it operated on as it could happen again, they said it would see me out for about 10-12 weeks, but it took about nine and a half weeks to get back fully training so I’m happy with that.”
You have been at Everton doing most of your rehab, I would expect you have been training for longer than first anticipated?
“I’ve done a few running sessions and came back here and was thrown pretty much into full training, but I felt good.
“I played in a friendly when I came back and it was tough, but it’s what everyone can get out of it individually and I tried my hardest to mirror what I do on game-days, get forward a lot and get my fitness back up.”
You will be hoping you can challenge for a place in the team against Rotherham or at least a place in the squad?
“I’m match fit and ready to play, obviously I’m not at my best form like I was before the injury came, but that’s only going to come with game time, and I’ve got to do my best to get back into the side because I’m here to play.”
It must have been frustrating being injured for you being injured given the run of results and wishing you could have contributed?
“I always don’t like it when I’m not playing, especially when we’re losing, you hate it as a player when you can’t play your part and try and affect the games.
“I’m hoping, now that the strength of the squad has massively improved, we’ve got at least a couple of players in every position, so players are fighting for places and hopefully that will bring the best out of everyone.”
This week marks the EFL’s Youth Player Development week, following on from your loan at Bolton Wanderers last season and your time here so far, how important is the EFL in developing you as a player from the Premier League?
“I think its massive for the young lads in the academy, every lad wants to be playing first-team football but not everyone develops at the same time and not every player is ready to be thrown into the first team wherever they are.
“My manager didn’t think I was ready yet and that I needed to play and get experience so playing in really competitive leagues at this standard was really tough at the start, but once you get used to the physical side of the game it helps you massively as a player.
“I’d say the Championship is one of the hardest leagues in Europe, it’s not the top tier League in England but the competitiveness and quality of the teams, especially in recent years, goes to show that it’s a really tough league.”
With the likes of Reece James continuing to perform and Beni (Baningime) also joining on-loan, it shows that Wigan Athletic is a good place to develop as a player?
“I think the club don’t look at ages, they look at the quality of the player and how they can thrive and help the team going forward.
“Reece has come in and been one of the most consistent players all season, Beni (Baningime) coming in will be a great experience for him once he settles in and gets a run of games, but I think Wigan Athletic is a really good place to come in and play your football.”