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On the comeback trail...

Greg Cunningham's in a determined mood as he begins his battle back to return better than ever

12 November 2019

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Greg Cunningham's sticking around in East Lancashire for the season, but he's not keen for his injury irritance to linger for long.

The Republic of Ireland international made a strong start to his Rovers career after arriving on a season-long loan deal from Cardiff City in the summer.

He'd swiftly become a favourite with the fans following some excellent displays as part of the Rovers backline and would total 10 appearances before going down with an injury early in the first half at Queens Park Rangers last month.

After hobbling off, scans soon revealed that an anterior cruciate ligament injury would end the 28-year-old's season early.

But a month on from the incident, Cunningham's determined to not let the setback get the better of him and is already setting targets for a memorable comeback.

“I’m not doing so bad and I’m just over two weeks post-operation now," he revealed to iFollow Rovers in a first interview sine the injury.

"I’m back around the boys and it’s just about cracking on with the rehabilitation now.

“It takes a bit of time to get your head around the injury, but I’ve been in great hands with the medics both here and at Cardiff, alongside the surgeon in London, and everything went perfectly.

“I felt the contact and felt a crunchy feeling in the back of my knee at QPR, but I felt things would settle down.

“The physio was adamant at the time that I’d have to come off, but I was determined and just told him to give me a few minutes to see if it wears off.

“That’s just my nature. I wanted to give it a try, I jogged around for a bit and it didn’t seem to be settling down. But then the ball dropped and when I tried to turn it felt a little unstable, so it was at that point when I sensed there was something wrong.

“I didn’t think it was that bad at the time, so it was a bit of a shock when the scan results came back to give me the news.

“That’s football sometimes. It’s unlucky but you have to deal with it and move on.

“Years ago it would be a career-ending injury, but in the modern day it’s a nine month spell on the sidelines," he added.

“I’m in the best possible hands here and we have the best of the best, so I know I’ll come back flying and fit ready for next season."

Injured or not, Cunningham would regularly be seen with a smile on his face.

And he's determined to continue doing that in the face of adversity during his rehabilitation.

“Injuries are part and parcel of being footballers," he added.

"For the first few days you’re feeling sorry for yourself, but in sport you can’t feel like that for long, whether it’s a lost game, a bad performance or a bad injury.

“Moping around isn’t going to do things any good, so the sooner you can get over it and get cracking then the better it is.

“That’s the way it’s been. I’ve had unbelievable support from my missus, my friends, family and both clubs.

“It’s been pleasing on that front, so now is about knuckling down and making the best of the situation."

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