Injured Shrewsbury Town defender Joe Jacobson has hailed the work of the club’s medical staff as he aims to make an earlier-than expected return to first-team training today.
The former Accrington Stanley full-back suffered an ankle injury just over a fortnight ago in training and was initially ruled out for up to six weeks.
But Jacobson, whose team-mates will be in action against Walsall on Sunday, has made quick progress under the care of club physios Chris Skitt and Scott Gormley. And he was hoping to return to training with the squad today.
The 25-year old suffered a slight ligament tear but is now feeling ready to take the next step towards ending a frustrating spell on the touchline.
“I have been working hard with the physios, trying to create game-like situations and my ankle feels good, it feels strong, I don’t feel nervous about it,” he said. “I feel like I can tackle people and jump and land and kick the ball.
“At first when it happened we were quite worried.
“I went for an X-ray just to check it wasn’t broken and there was a tear in the ligament, so to get back in training shows how good the medical staff here are and the equipment at the club has helped a lot.”
Despite the support, Jacobson has admitted his time on the sidelines has been frustrating and he is itching to put himself back in contention for manager Graham Turner’s matchday squads again as soon as possible. His injury arrived just after he made his first start of the season at home to Coventry last month and the timing has added to his sense of frustration.
“I had done a lot of work trying to get myself back into contention, I managed to get back into the team and just when you start settling in and doing well you pick up an injury from an awkward landing during training,” he said.
“It is always horrible being injured and you just want to be there playing and trying to help the team but you are powerless.”