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Gladwin hoping to end frustrating season on a high

Midfielder discusses his injury hell having not played since November with a troublesome knee injury

4 April 2018

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Midfielder Ben Gladwin says his first season at Rovers has been one of frustration, but he's still hoping to play his part before the campaign is out.

A summer signing from QPR, Ben was involved in plenty of early season matches but picked up a groin injury before a knee problem became a big one.

So much so, Gladwin has been out of action since early November, but he is edging closer and is still hopeful of making a return to action before the end of the season.

“It’s been a tough season for me," the 25-year-old said in honest fashion. "I picked up a bit of a knock in pre-season, which slowed me down a bit. I started to get going again, got in the squads and then picked up this knee injury which has put me out for about five months now. 

“When I first got the injury I didn’t think it was too bad to be honest. I thought I’d be out for a month or six weeks at the most. Time went by and it didn’t quite get diagnosed properly.
“I ended up having an operation on it around Christmas time and it’s still rumbling on a little bit. We’re all working hard to get myself fit and fingers crossed I can get back on the pitch before the end of the season.
“I came to play football here and moved my family up as well. It’s not quite happened for me here at the moment but I’m just focussed on getting back on the pitch soon enough and enjoying my football. This is the club to do it at."
And Ben believes the fact that he's moved away from home has hindered him even more, but says the full focus now is on making an impact sooner rather than later.
“If you are at a club for a few years and pick up an injury then at least your settled," he added. "Here it’s a new place with new people and it’s been a little more difficult.
“You have to work hard to get your shape back and getting back out there playing football in front of the fans. You can either sulk about it or crack on and work hard. There’s nothing more frustrating than being injured."

You can watch the full iFollow Rovers interview with Ben by clicking here.

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