BARNSLEY: Not even sugar can make life sweet for Reds injury victim Luke Steele

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BARNSLEY goalkeeper Luke Steele has told The Star he’s having sugar injections and undergoing prolotherapy treatment to speed up his recovery from a troublesome groin and hip injury.

Former Manchester United shot-stopper Steele has not played this season after recurring problems following his summer hernia operation.

And the 27-year-old admits he’s tried pretty much everything to try and get back playing for the first team.

“I’m on Plan F right now, I think,” joked Steele. “I really have tried so many different things to get back, but it’s proved to be a really frustrating process.

“I’ve had three steroid injections and three bone infusions to try and steady my hips, but at the moment no-one can sort the problem out.

“I’ve been on calcium tablets for three months to help strengthen my bones and tried doing excessive groin exercises, as well as having plenty of rest. Whatever I’ve tried has helped for a while but I’ve gone back into training a couple of times and broke down. I feel a really bad pain every time I try and kick the ball.

“I’ve managed pain before and the specialists said I could have painkilling injections and play, but if I did that I risked breaking down later.”

Steele is undergoing prolotherapy treatment with Leicester-based rhematology consulant Dr Roger Oldham, a specialist in the field who also works closely with the Stoke City team.

Oldham has worked with defenders Jonathan Woodgate and Robert Hoof - and Steele is hopeful his doctor’s expertise will help get back playing as soon as possible.

“I’m in good hands. I’ve just got to trust in what we’re doing and get back playing as soon as I can,” added Steele.