Rovers star aiming high

Doncaster Rovers vs Leeds United - Martin Woods. Picture: Liz Mockler D7185LM
Doncaster Rovers vs Leeds United - Martin Woods. Picture: Liz Mockler D7185LM
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THE season can’t end soon enough for Doncaster Rovers star Martin Woods.

THE season can’t end soon enough for Doncaster Rovers star Martin Woods.

The influential midfielder hasn’t played since the defeat at Reading in October and recently had hip surgery.

Prior to the operation it had been thought that the problem was a groin injury.

But the surgeon discovered what he believes to have been the cause of Woods’ woes - a torn hip cartilage - and dealt with it whilst the former Scottish Under-21 star was on the operating table.

“It turns out that the pain that I had been getting in my groin was referred pain from my hip,” said Woods.

“It’s frustrating having done all the various rehab work on my groin.

“Had they known it was a hip problem at the time then I would have been back playing long before know.

“But I’m not blaming anyone because it was complicated and the scans didn’t pick it up.

“As I say, it has been frustrating because on several occasions I’d got so close to playing again after weeks of rehab only to break down again when it looked as though I was ready.

“At the same time it’s a relief that I know now what has been causing the problem and that it should all be behind me next season.

“I was told after the operation that it would be 14 to 16 weeks before I was back in full training so I’m aiming to be fit for the start of pre-season training at the start of July.

“I’m still on crutches for another week or so and I’m limited to what I can do in terms of my rehab at the moment.

“It’s slow progress and a bit boring at the moment but as time goes on I’ll be able to start doing more.

“I hope to be able to start doing some light running within a few weeks. I can’t wait to get back playing again.

“When you have been out for a long time, like I have, you look at the game, and life, differently.

“But I can’t complain; there is always somebody worse off and some of the other players have got knee injuries which will keep them out longer than me.

“My heart goes out to them because I know how they feel because it’s only a short career. That’s why I want to get myself fit and hopefully have a big year next season.”

Despite Rovers being too near the bottom three for comfort going into the Easter programme, Woods is confident that he’ll be playing Championship football next season.

All free tickets for Friday’s game against Crystal Palace have been snapped up.