Defender Targeting February ReturnLloyd Jones is firmly on the comeback trail and hopes to make a return to action next month.
The defender, currently on a season-long loan from Liverpool, has been sidelined since late September after sustaining a bad injury in Blackpool's victory against Chesterfield.
But the 20-year-old's rehabilitation back at Melwood has gone as well as can be expected, and he's now set to start kicking a ball again.
“Last Wednesday it was 100 days since I was injured, so I’ve been out now for three-and-a-half months. I’ve had three operations – two on my knee and one on my ankle – and I feel really good at the moment because I’ve been working hard at Liverpool," Jones said.
"I tore the whole of my syndesmosis, from knee to ankle, so it was quite painful. I was meant to be back in the middle of February, but I’m ahead of schedule so far by about two weeks. Hopefully I can start partial training this week."
Such a prolonged spell without football has been difficult for the England Under-20 international, however he's been impressed with his own strength of mind.
“I’d never actually been injured for more than two weeks, so this has been a bit of a setback. I think I’ve dealt with it quite well but I don’t think I could have been out much longer," he admitted.
“I’ve never really wanted to watch any football while I’ve been injured, even though people say you can learn things from it. That was the last thing I wanted to think about because I couldn’t even move my leg at first.
“I hope that this turns out to be my biggest injury in my career, though you don’t know what’s round the corner. I’m mentally prepared if anything else happens like this again.”
In the midst of being out injured he’s continued to receive support from Blackpool, with the coaching staff monitoring his progress at regular intervals.
“Most of the players have messaged me and the manager has called me on a few occasions, as well as Phil, the physio, and Richie Kyle, to see where I’m at. It’s been great that they’ve kept in contact.
“I’d played most of the games and I’d started getting used to the team. Hopefully I can now play a few games to get my confidence up and I’ll be ready to go again. I just want to step up a level every time I step out on the pitch," he added.