James Wilson has been discussing his recovery process at Manchester United after undergoing a knee operation, noting that such a period on the sidelines would give him a chance to work in the gym, whilst also noting that not being able to play football serves as an enormous source of frustration.
The 21-year-old, who netted a brace on his senior debut back in May 2014, only managed four appearances during his loan spell at Derby County before suffering a significant knee injury in October.
Wilson’s loan was terminated by mutual consent and he returned to Man United ahead of an operation on an anterior-cruciate ligament injury.
And the Englishman, speaking to MUTV, made it clear that he was doing all he could to remain positive.
“I was hoping that everything went well with the surgery,” he said. “It was a very simple surgery, Steve Bollen did a great job in doing that. I just know I’m going to be back to what I was before anyway, so I’m just staying positive at the moment.
“With an ACL [anterior-cruciate ligament], you know it’s going to be like eight months and that pretty much ruled the season out. So, like I say, there is no rush for me. There are days when you’re just trying to get through it and keep going, I’d say, but I think I’m at the best club to come back to for the rehabilitation.
“The positives are it’s a break and I can kind of work towards things I probably couldn’t do during the season. I’m working hard in the gym and that’s something I’ve probably not had the chance to do with games coming thick and fast everywhere. I think it has benefited me in that way. But, yeah, it’s very frustrating not to be out on the grass every day, knocking the ball about.”
The physical side of recovering from an ACL injury, whilst unavoidably demanding, is by no means harder than the mental side, especially if your life’s calling – your main passion – is indeed playing football.
Victims of this all-too-frequent affliction will agree that, when one finally does step out onto the pitch once again, the mental barrier is far more looming than the physical one, and supporters can only hope that Wilson receives the support he needs over the next few months.