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Gladwin: I miss playing football so much

"Sitting at home every week watching football, it kills me."

17 September 2018

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It's been a horrendous year for Ben Gladwin, who hasn't kicked a ball in anger in a game since November 2017, when he began 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 injur 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.

It's certainly been a frustrating time for the former Swindon Town man.

“I’ve had an operation that we were looking to avoid. I had surgery on the knee two weeks ago now and I’m now looking to crack on with the rehab," Ben told iFollow Rovers when discussing his injury hell.

“It’s really frustrating, but I had the down period last season, so I’m motivated to get myself back with a goal to focus on.

“There’s no point being down about it. It’s about being positive and focussing on that goal.

“They’ve had to go in and repair a hole. They drilled a number of little holes into it and made it bleed. They put me to sleep for it and now it’s done I’m really positive and looking to get back on the pitch sooner rather than later.

“There’s a rough timescale of six to eight months out now, but we’ll see how we go with that I’ve been given a machine to sit on for between six to eight hours per day to straighten my leg out continuously. I’m now onto the very exciting part of just tensing my quad.

“It’s a slow process and time needs to be taken. As footballers, we want to fly through it and get back on that pitch, so the physios have quite a tough job with injured players.

“Everything you do you put your all into it. Every little things feels like a big achievement. It’s horrendous. Sitting at home every week watching football, it kills me.

“Thankfully I have my little boy, so it allows me to focus on him and seeing him grow up more. That’s a positive which I take out of the situation, my son and my family.

“I don’t want him jumping all over my knee, but I can see him every day, he’s the most important thing to me.

“I get such a buzz when I just think about the moment I come back on the pitch. Injuries are part of the game and you maybe need other things to focus on throughout the recovery."

Gladwin joins Dominic Samuel in the treatment room, with the striker also suffering a damaged knee, with an issue with his anterior cruciate ligament.

And the plan is to help each other through the pain over the next few months.

“You’d never wish an injury on anybody but me and Dom can drag each other through, push each other on," Gladwin added.

“We get on really well. Dom was at Reading and I’m from Reading so we knew each other before we arrived here. Dom’s a really positive guy anyway, so I don’t imagine it will be too tough for him to get through."

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