Warriors defender Tendayi Darikwa may soon emerge out of the black whole of recovering from one of football worst injuries to suffer.
Darikwa has not played any football since suffering an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The horror happened before August this year - and the player is guessing he’ll be back before the end of this season.
“So far, so good,” Darikwa told Nottingham Post.
“It’s a long-term injury, so it’s slow progress. But I’m happy that I am making progress. The main thing is just to stay focused on the rehab - do everything that the doctors and the physios are telling me to do.”
The 27-year-old added that May 2020 may see him back on the grass. But he will be requiring some good fortune and loads of hard work.
“Hopefully I can then get back at the back end of the season. We haven’t put a timescale on an exact return date just yet, because it’s still so early,” he added.
“But I’m hopeful, with a bit of good luck and a lot of hard work, I might get lucky and play a few games.”
“I’m just trying to build the muscle back up in my leg, because I wasn’t able to put pressure on my leg for a good few weeks.”
“I’ve been back in the gym, back on the bike and doing a lot of strength work at the minute.”
“It was disappointing. It hurt me a lot,” Darikwa said. “Any footballer will tell you that they just want to play football week in, week out. It happened at a bad time, just before the start of the season.”
The Nottingham-born footballer also suggested he returned to club duties too early after playing for Zimbabwe at AFCON 2019 in June.
“After a long summer, I came back early. In hindsight, that might not have been the right thing to do, but these things happen in football.”
“I’m at the training ground every day, so I’m still in the dressing room with the lads and things like that. The only difference is, when they go out, I’m inside!”
“Hopefully I can do all my work and be joining them again soon,” concluded Darikwa.
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