Sheffield United's Luke Freeman reveals surgery was done WRONG before he joined Nottingham Forest
Luke Freeman, the Sheffield United midfielder, has revealed that surgery he underwent to correct a hernia problem before he joined Nottingham Forest on loan was "done wrong".
The former QPR man, who joined Forest on a season-long loan deal with the option of a permanent move in August last year, went under the knife during his time at Bramall Lane, but was suffering pain when he moved to Forest.
After another operation to correct the issue, Freeman was back in action for Forest in January and is now focusing on returning to form for the rest of the season.
“I had surgery before I joined the club which I thought had been and gone," he said.
"But it turned out I had the wrong surgery; the surgery was done wrong.
“I was playing with a lot of pain when I first joined.
“It was only until I went to Germany to see a specialist that we found out exactly what was going on and realised it was completely wrong.
“It was nice to get that redone, get it sorted out, and I’m finally getting back to feeling strong and pain-free, which is massive for me.”
Many Blades fans wanted Freeman to be recalled this season, given United's league struggles and also an injury to John Fleck earlier in the campaign.
But Blades boss Chris Wilder revealed that wasn't a possibility, because of the clause in Freeman's loan deal which gives
Chris Hughton's Championship strugglers Forest the option of making it a permanent move.
"It was a sportsman’s hernia, which basically didn’t get done properly,” Freeman added.
“It was only when they looked at it again that they realised it hadn’t been done properly, so it had to be redone.
“It’s frustrating because you have surgery and think, that’s you done now. You’re thinking maybe there’s a bit of backlash from the surgery you’ve had and it will eventually go.
“But it was getting worse and worse. I’m happy to put that behind me. I’m really happy to be back in the team, in amongst the lads and feeling fit and strong.”