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Ben seeing light at the end of the tunnel

It's been a long road back for Rovers forward Ben Gladwin, but he's closing in on a long-awaited return

21 December 2018

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It's fair to say that life as a Rovers player has been tough for forward Ben Gladwin since he arrived at the club in the summer of 2017.

Gladwin hasn't kicked a ball in anger in a game since November 2017, when he started against Rochdale in the Checkatrade Trophy.

It's been a tough time for the 26-year-old attacker, who arrived from QPR in the summer of 2017 hoping to play a major part in Rovers' League One campaign.

But injury prevented Gladwin having a real impact, with a knee problem ruling him out for the majority of that successful 2017-18 campaign.

The summer gave Ben a fresh start. He was involved in the pre-season trip to Austria before another knee injury resulted in another setback.

However, things are now looking up for the former Swindon player.
 
“It’s been a tough road, but it’s been strangely enjoyable for me in recent months as I’ve really gone after it. I’m just looking forward to playing football again to be honest," Gladwin said to iFollow Rovers.
 
“We’re getting closer. It’s the hardest stage now because you do feel good, but there are still boxes to be ticked. I think maybe in about six weeks I’ll be back in training with the lads.
 
“It’s harder now than it was right at the start because at the beginning of the injury you know you have a long lay-off. You’re not itching to get back because you know it’s a long-term thing.
 
“At this stage it’s hard to hold myself back. Throughout the journey there have been days you struggle. After seeing the surgeon, he’s showed me that everything has healed perfectly and you can see the road back.
 
“Thankfully it all went well. When you’re told the good news it really does feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. The doubts in your head go away and you focus on the goal.
 
“There have been days where it feels like there’s very little progress. I’ve been pushing and pushing all the time. The mental side of things has been the toughest part of things."
 
And Gladwin believes he will be a better player when he does make his comeback.
 
“I feel good and feel fresh and now I just can’t wait to be back playing football," he added.
 
"I feel stronger and I’m sure I’ll be a lot fitter as well.
 
“Anyone that spends six months in the gym can only benefit physically.
 
“It will be brilliant to put the boots on again. It will take four or five weeks to get going and get up to speed again, and that’s going to be exciting for me having been out for so long."
 

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