DONCASTER Rovers defender James Chambers knows that he will miss the start of the 2011-12 season ... but he doesn’t know when he will be back in Championship action.
It is more than two months ago since the right-back had a knee operation which he hopes will resolve the problem after a frustrating campaign which saw him restricted to just a handful of games.
“I’m not 100 per cent sure when I’ll be back,” said Chambers, who has been offered a new deal.
“A lot of it is going to come down to things going to plan, so I wouldn’t like to put a time on it. Following my previous operation last summer I was hoping that things would turn out differently.
“So at the moment I am just kind of looking to try and get my knee right no matter how long it takes.
“At the moment my knee is still in a brace and I’m doing eight hours work a day on a machine, which bends my leg, at home.
“It’s frustrating but it has to be done.
“I’ve been doing a lot of reading whilst I’m using the machine to pass the time, so I’ll certainly be well read by the time I finish doing my rehab on the machine.
“As I say it is frustrating to be out injured for such a long time but I’m not the only one.
“Steve Brooker, who has recently had another ankle operation, had nearly two years of injury problems.
“I was delighted for him that he scored the goal which secured our Championship status.
“I think that he has been an inspiration to a lot of people at the club. The fact he kept going despite all the knocks he’s taken.
“You can’t begin to understand what he’s been through.
“Obviously I want to get back playing as quickly as I can without jeopardising things.
“If I get back sooner than planned I could end up doing more damage than had I let my rehabilitation take its course.
“I’ve learnt the hard way from experience. I probably tried to rush back a bit too soon last season and I’ve realised this time that I’ve got to do things right.
“It is obviously frustrating to miss so much football but hopefully I’ve still got a good few years left in me.
“I may be 30 but I’m a fit guy and I’d like to think that once I’m over the knee injury that I’ll have quite a few years left.
“It was encouraging to be told by the surgeon after the operation that he was surprised that my knee was quite healthy, apart from two small areas of damage, for someone of my age and experience.”