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Chapman to return fitter, stronger and quicker

iFollow Rovers caught up with the loanee after the midweek clash against Walsall

1 February 2018

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Rovers attacker Harry Chapman has promised to return a better player from his long injury lay-off after putting in the hours with his recovery.

After damaging his hamstring against Wigan Athletic back in October, Harry's had surgery to get him back fit and firing.

And whilst it's been an incredibly frustrating last few months for the Middlesbrough loanee, Harry's determined to still have a big impact on the end of the campaign.

“I’m doing fine, I’m getting there, I keep pushing every day and hopefully I can make it back for us when we’re pushing for the title," the youngster told iFollow Rovers after watching the team earn another three points from the stand against Walsall.
“We’re pushing for the end of February for me to be back but we expect it’ll be mid-March. 
“It’s been a long time and I probably don’t know how to kick a football, but I’m going to come back, drive and kick on to get back in the team.
“Injuries are part and parcel of the job but I had an operation last season on an injured ankle and was out for three or four months. I learnt a few things about coping last season and it’s helped me through this injury.
“The mental part is the biggest aspect really. You have to keep going and it’s vital to have the right people around you like your friends and family.
“We have a brilliant medical team at Middlesbrough who are helping to push me back now. I was expected to be out for six months but we’re luckily looking to do it in four so I’m happy with that.
“It ended up being the worse kind of injury - a grade four tear. I had to wait for the scan results to come back. It felt bad but the lads said I’d be okay. It happens."
A trip to Finland was in order to repair the hamstring, and Chapman admits it was a flight from hell when getting back to the UK.
“The flight home from Finland was the worst and the most uncomfortable I have ever been, but the surgeon is a great bloke and he’s done the perfect job.
“I feel really strong now and I’m in better shape than I was before I left, which is a positive. When I come back I’ll be fitter, I’m going to be stronger and quicker."

Check back on the official website later on to read how sprinter Darren Campbell has had a helping hand on Harry's progress.

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