Skipper eyeing change of luck

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RYAN Cresswell can’t wait to see the back of 2011.

Injuries have restricted to the central defender to just 18 appearances for Rotherham United this year.

Almost a year ago, the Millers skipper went under the knife after breaking his shoulder collarbone following a 1-0 triumph over Aldershot. The knock kept Cresswell on the sidelines for three months.

To compound matters, the Rotherham-born defender suffered another setback in mid-September when he damaged his ankle ligaments and has not featured in the first-team since playing and scoring in the enthralling 3-3 draw at Torquay United.

Cresswell is bidding to start afresh next year and has confirmed he hopes to be back to full contact training by December 19.

He told The Star: “Every time I get an injury it seems to be something bad. It is not as if I have went over on my ankle and I could train again within a couple of weeks. It was a real nasty one.

“The club have been really good with me. The physio and the fitness coach are working all hours with me so hopefully I’m looking at returning to full contact training next month.

“I hope my luck changes in 2012. All I can do is get on with it and push to get back to full fitness. If I played a game before the New Year, that would be a bonus but realistically I think it will be the beginning of January.”

The 23-year-old player says he hopes to start running again on Monday as he steps up his rehabilitation work.

Cresswell said: “There is light at the end of the tunnel. I have done a lot of sessions in the gym and swimming to keep my fitness up. It is almost like a mini pre-season for me. I’m just doing whatever I can to make the ankle stronger.

“When you are injured, you are frustrated as a player but you try not to let it get to you. I am not nice to be around when I am injured. When I go home after a game on a Saturday, I get so frustrated because I can’t do anything to help out the lads. You just feel helpless.

“On a match day, you don’t feel part of it when you are injured even though you are part of the squad. You feel like a bit of an outsider.”

The deadline for half-season tickets is Friday December 30.

The Yorkshire derby with Bradford City on Monday January 2 marks the first home match of the offer. Another perk of the deal is it gives fans the opportunity to choose their ideal seat in the new stadium.

Tickets, ware £199 for adults, students, seniors (60-plus) and disabled £123, juveniles £71, juniors (8-11) £53 while under-8s accompanied by a paying adult are free.