Midfielder Progressing Well
Almost two months on from suffering a fractured tibia against Colchester United, Jim McAlister is in high spirits after he stepped up his rehabilitation this week.
The determined midfielder is now without crutches and back in the gym, maintaining his fitness while slowly regaining the strength in his injured right leg.
Focussed on returning to training in time for pre-season, McAlister was upbeat when providing Tangerine TV with an injury update this week.
“The last time I spoke to the doctor I was slightly ahead of where I should be,” he explained. “I’m starting to do leg work so hopefully it keeps progressing.
“I’m stepping it up in the gym a wee bit, on the bike, rower and cross trainer. I’m fortunate that Dan, our sports scientist, has been brilliant with me in the gym.”
It’s the physiological challenge proving most difficult for the 31-year-old, whose previous career injuries have kept him out for a maximum of two weeks.
“It’s killing us. You come in every morning and the boys are heading to training, but you’re going to the gym and it’s the same on a Saturday.
“It’s very challenging to sit in peace sometimes where you’re told not to do something, but I’m hoping that’s me over the worst of it and I’ll start to be mobile again.”
McAlister’s mental stimulation has had to come through a different avenue, aiding the analysis side of operations, watching opposition in the build up to games.
“We know how busy Adam, the analyst, is in terms of the amount of footage he has to watch. I can be another set of eyes by watching a game. It makes you feel a wee bit part of what’s going on on the field,” he admitted.
And the hard work is coming to fruition currently, with The Seasiders enjoying a nine-match unbeaten run, making it easier for McAlister to watch.
“It’s extremely hard watching but it makes it slightly easier given how good the results have been. The boys are on a fantastic run home and away.
“You see how tight the league is and at this stage of the season momentum seems to be the big factor. Hopefully we can continue it week on week between now and the end of the season,” he added.