Deal boosts star’s fight

Relief: 'Now I can concentrate on getting my knee right,' says James Chambers.           Picture: Steve Taylor
Relief: 'Now I can concentrate on getting my knee right,' says James Chambers. Picture: Steve Taylor
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DONCASTER Rovers’ star James Chambers can give his full attention to winning his fitness battle following knee surgery after putting pen to paper on a new one-year deal.

Chambers managed just a handful of games last season after knee surgery during the summer failed to resolve the problem.

Chambers underwent a second, more major operation towards the end of last season and is not expected to be back playing much before the end of the year.

“There had been talks between me the gaffer and the club about what we were going to do due to the situation but thankfully it’s all been sorted now.

“Obviously with being injured my options were limited and I wasn’t 100 per cent sure how the club were feeling at the time but they made it clear that they were going to offer me something.

“I’m happy it’s all been sorted and I can concentrate on getting my knee right.

“I’m working hard on my rehab and I’m doing two sessions a day. I’m doing a lot of gym sessions and a lot of pool work. I’m doing work on the excercise bike but I’ve not started running yet. I see my surgeon towards the back end of next month and I’m hoping that he says that I can start to kick on but it is going to be a slow process. I’m not putting a date on any comeback I just want to make sure that I do everything that is required to move on to the next stage.

“I feel I’m handling the situation well. It is difficult when you see the lads training and playing. But injuries are part of football and you have to accept it. There is no point in crying about it; you have to use it as a motivation to get back playing. The fact that there are quite a few other players with injuries which have carried over from last season helps and we all help each other through. If one of us is having a bit of a down day, which we all get from time to time, everyone else tries to lift their spirits.”

Assessing Rovers’ prospects, the former Watford and Leicester full-back said: “There are some very good players who are out injured at the moment and if we can get them back playing on the pitch that would be a big boost. There will certainly be a lot of competition for players but that’s what you need at a football club. It keeps everyone on their toes.”

Having been beaten by the odd goal in three away to promoted Brighton at the weekend, Chambers said that the team will be anxious to get off the mark in Saturday’s first home game against relegated West Ham United.

“They are a big-name club and they’ve kept hold of some of their big players, but reputations count for nothing when the game gets under way its 11 versus 11. It would be nice to pick up a win early doors to give us a bit of momentum.”