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INTERVIEW: Jodi Jones Reflects On Road To Recovery

The winger got his first minutes for the under-23s...

21 August 2018

The Sky Blues Under-23s were in action earlier this week at the Ricoh Arena and it was a dream come true for one individual.

Almost ten months to the day, winger Jodi Jones suffered an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament, which had prevented him from playing a game of football ever since.

However, against Burnley Under-23s, the winger finally made his return from that injury, as he captained the side in the first 45 minutes and he was delighted.

“It was like a dream come true really.” Jodi said.

“Tomorrow would’ve been a full ten months since I played my last game, but it’s been so long I couldn’t wait to get out there, I couldn’t really sleep I was buzzing for today.

“I was shattered to be fair, I’ve been working hard, but you can’t really get match ft without playing matches.

“It was always a case of 45 I would’ve liked to have carried on, but the doctor and the physio told me don’t do anything silly and just pay 45.

“I think I could’ve played an extra 10 today but I was told not to, I don’t want to rush anything or do anything silly.”

Since that injury he sustained at Stevenage away, Jodi has been working hard on his rehabilitation and focusing on returning to action.

However, he admitted it was hard for him at the start to deal with a serious injury and being out for so long.

“It’s been really depressing.

“The first few months, I was really sad and didn’t know what to do, I was counting every four Fridays another month down.

“The fans kept asking me how long till I was back and it was going from seven months, to six, to five, to four and then as it got closer to two months I was thinking I’m nearly back and I’m basically back now so it’s a nice feeling.”

Now, the winger has set his sights on a return to the first time at some point in September, as he continues to train with the squad.

“I’m not too sure hopefully mid-September.

“I’m doing all the training with the boys, but the only way to get match fit is like I say by playing matches, training isn’t going to get you match fit unless you play a game in training.

“A lot of people have come back and got injured in their first game, but I didn’t and that’s the most pleasing thing for me I don’t feel any knocks.”

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