Ricketts Not Rushing Comeback

  • June 29, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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After missing the last four months of the season, Sam Ricketts insists he will not rush his rehabilitation from an Achilles injury.

Ricketts suffered the injury in the FA Cup fourth round victory at Wigan Athletic back in February and recently travelled to the United States in a bid to step up his recovery.

Ricketts is expected to make a full recovery but he believes rushing himself back could have a negative impact in the remainder of his career.

"It's not just been a case of mending the Achilles and training again. We found I had actually lost my walking technique and I had to learn all over again.

"The trip to the US gave me a couple of ideas about my recovery. The club have been great, so I owe it to them to make sure I do this right.

"It's all a gradual progression but I'm walking well now and it's a case of bringing that into my running.

"There's a lot of work in the pool where the bodyweight is taken off, and I've been working on this machine, like a treadmill, that straps me in and allows me to work at 20 percent of my bodyweight.

"Of course I want to be back among the lads and out there on the field. I could probably rush things and get back by the start of the season but I'm looking long term. Taking those extra few weeks will be worth it."

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