Rovers midfielder Jason Lowe is ready to put last season’s injury nightmare behind him and fight for his place in manager Gary Bowyer’s plans.
Lowe missed much of the 2014-15 season with a stress fracture in his foot, but insists he is on the mend and raring to go ahead of the new Championship campaign, which gets underway on August 8th.
“The plan is to be joining in for the start of pre-season,” said the 23-year-old, who was restricted to just 11 league starts last season.
“Last year was a very testing and frustrating season for me.
“These things happen in football and it’s how you deal with them that matters. I’m feeling good at the moment and getting close to where I want to be fitness-wise.
“I came back midway through the season, but unfortunately my body didn’t react well and I was playing through a bit of pain and it went again.
“Hopefully now my foot is a lot stronger. It’s been screwed and, fingers crossed, there won’t be a recurrence.
“It was the first operation I have had, so I was a bit nervous, but I had to go down that route. Bones take a long time to heal and in football you don’t have that time.
“I always try to be cautious, but I was very keen to get back out on the pitch. I always believe that if you can physically play and help the team get results then you should, even if that means playing with a little niggle.
“That’s my mentality, but unfortunately it backfired on this occasion. Most players will tell you that they are never 100% fit. The majority always have a little knock here and there, and I was no different. Hopefully it’s all in the past now though.”