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Great to be back

9 February 2017

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Tommie Hoban is delighted to be well on the road to recovery following a frustrating spell on the sidelines.

The on-loan defender has been out of action since the end of October after dislocating his shoulder in a freak accident in training.

Rovers PlayerHD caught up with Hoban as he returned to training at Brockhall this week, and the Irishman revealed he hopes to be back in the famous blue an white sooner rather than later.

"It has been a long, frustrating three months but it is great to be back," he said.

"I can't wait to get back training with the boys and hopefully get back in the team and try and have a good end to the season.

"It has been very frustrating, I've had my fair share of injuries over the last few years, so off the back of being out of action all last year I was hoping to get a good run this year.

"It had started really well, but I guess it is part of the job. I could be in a far worse situation. So I'm happy that I am back now and I am feeling fit, I've just got to think of the positives and look forward to getting back playing now."

Hoban hasn't been given a set time when he can return, but he does have half an eye on a certain Ewood Park cup fixture coming up.

"I'm lifting weights in the gym again and I'm hoping to get into the contact stuff soon," added the Watford man.

"Two months ago I was nowhere near, I couldn't even imagine doing that, so there's definite progress and I'm feeling good.

"I don't want to do too much because I don't want to take a step back, but I'm just trying to grow the muscle to give it more protection and working towards that.

"Obviously there's one very big game coming up soon that I'd love to be back for, but it is hard to put an exact time-frame on it. I'm not sure but that game might come too soon.

"But I'm close to getting back into training, but the guys have said we have to take it day-by-day. It's feeling good, I hope to be training in about a week and then it is up to me to get my fitness where it needs to be and to get back into the team."

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