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Darragh discusses his road to recovery

Lenihan talks about his lay-off, recovery and his promotion aims

11 February 2018

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It's been a long and winding road to recovery for Rovers defender Darragh Lenihan, whose focus is now fully on finding a way back into the first team.

Out since August with a broken metatarsal, Lenihan appeared for 65 minutes against Fulham in the Under-23s, before playing the full 90 a week later against Reading.
 
And now he's set to get back involved with first team matters, how has the Irishman kept his fitness ticking over considering he spent weeks on crutches? We'll let the man himself explain.
 
“It was frustrating because I knew there was something wrong but we never really got to the bottom of it," the 23-year-old reflected.
 
“I had the scan and went into surgery. I haven’t been rushed back but it’s not as if the lads have been screaming for me to come back! They haven’t really needed me because they have done so well this season.
 
“I broke it down into sections. I broke it into six weeks blocks. The first six weeks I was doing absolutely nothing fitness wise as I was in a boot and on crutches.
 
“I couldn’t put any weight whatsoever on it and I think that was the most frustrating part. I did a bit of cycling and swimming - non weight bearing sort of stuff.
 
“I ended up building it up and building it up and started light jogging. It was a slow process and you need to tick every box before you can even think of getting back.
 
“We did everything right and fingers crossed it doesn’t come back."
 
It's been an excruciating last six months for the defender in more ways than one, with the academy graduate now itching to get back on the pitch under Tony Mowbray's leadership.
 
And he admits should Rovers be in the Championship next season, all that frustration will have been worth it.
 
“100% promotion will make those lonely times worth it. Not just for me but for the fans, the club in general. To get a promotion under our belts would give everyone the boost we all need," he concluded.

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