DONCASTER Rovers’ skipper Brian Stock will be a man on the run this week.
The influential midfielder, whose rehabilitation from an ankle reconstruction operation at the end of last season was put on hold for a week recently following an infection, is set to start doing some light running this week.
Said the 29 year-old, who signed a new contract late last season, “I saw the surgeon last Wednesday and he was really impressed with my progress and said that I was probably a month ahead of schedule.
“He said that I can start light jogging in straight lines this week. I was delighted and it is obviously great news.
“In the past I have recovered from injuries and operations quite quickly, so the news that I was making good progress probably didn’t come as a complete surprise.
“The surgeon said after the operation that it might be a case at times of me holding back and pulling the reins in because it was going to be one of those injuries where you think you are going to be all right before you actually are.
“But for the last week to two weeks I’ve felt really good and I feel as though I am ready to step it up to the next stage.”
Stock, who has had a similar operation on the same ankle earlier in his career, spent a fortnight in plaster after the surgery followed by a month in a walking boot.
“It has been hard work for my partner, Krystilee, who is due to give birth to our third child in less than two weeks,” he said.
“In addition to being pregnant she’s had to look after our two kids and she’s had to look after me as well, so a lot of credit has to go to her.
“She managed to take so much pressure off me, particularly in the early stages when my ankle was in plaster.”
Although the Welsh international - who hopes to be ‘in and out’ of first team training within six weeks - is desperate to get back playing again, he says he won’t let his heart rule his head.
“I’ve spent a lot of the last two years not 100 per cent fit and there is no way that I am going to start playing again until I am and I’ve really worked hard,” he said.
“As you get older you get more experienced and the one thing that I don’t want to do to is to try and rush back and for the ankle to break down.
“If I miss the first couple of months of the season then hopefully I’ll be fit for the rest of it.
“As I say I want to make sure that I’m 100 per cent fit before I go back into the team and be the player that I have been in the past and that I can be in the future.”
After working alongside just a handful of other injured players for most of the summer, Stock welcomed the return the rest of the players last week,
But the club’s training ground is set to become quieter again for a few days from tomorrow.
“Most of the other lads will be going to the Lake District this week but I will be staying down here and working on my rehab because there are more facilities at the training ground.”