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INTERVIEW: Blaine Rowe on injury return and Birmingham U21 defeat

The young Sky Blues full-back returning to the pitch this week...

27 September 2022

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Blaine Rowe on injury return and Birmingham U21 defeat

The young Sky Blues full-back returning to the pitch this week...

27 September 2022

Sky Blues youngster Blaine Rowe made his long-awaited return to the pitch on Monday night, against Birmingham City U21 in the Professional Development League.

His return marked the end of a five-month-long rehabilitation process after sustaining a serious hamstring injury.

Unfortunately, Rowe was unable to prevent his side from falling a 3-0 defeat at St Andrew's.

We spoke to the academy defender about his journey and what lies ahead...

On finally making his return...

“Yeah, I'm buzzing. The result didn't go the way we wanted it to but I'm happy to get more minutes in.

“I haven't played for a while, so it does, it feels really good."

On his rehab journey and the injury that has kept him out...

“I got injured in March, I injured my hamstring tendon. I did it when I was sprinting, I just turned and got it caught in the Astroturf, so it was a painful one.

“I was out for four weeks and I went back into training, because it felt alright, and then that’s when I did it again, because it was actually worse than it was.

“So, I got a scan and they said it was a Grade 4 injury. That meant that it was serious and I had to do nothing but rest for three months after the operation. After that came two or three months of running before I then got back to training, three weeks ago.

“Playing again felt amazing. When you're out for that long, you realise how much you miss it to be fair, because when you're playing all the time it becomes the normal but when it's not normal you're just buzzing to be back out there.

“Any amount of minutes, regardless of the score,I'm buzzing with at this stage.”

On what comes next for the young right back...

“That's the thing I have to talk to the physios about, because they're being very cautious with it.

“Obviously, it was a big injury and I've been fine so far, so they're not going to take any risks but hopefully on Friday (against Barnsley U21) I can get another 45 minutes in my tank.

“I will keep pushing on. I want to keep playing now because I feel ready to play, and I feel great to be honest.”

On the defeat against Birmingham and his performance...

“I feel like I grew into the game! After not playing for five months, when you come on you need to get your bearings so my first couple of touches were a bit shaky but I thought I grew into the game well. 

“On the team as a whole, I was watching from the first half and I feel like we were good. We defended well and we created chances, we just needed to be better in the final third during the second half. I feel like we're a bit sluggish. 

“But it's things that we need to learn and things we will get better at during training."

On Friday's game against Barnsley U21...

“The games come thick and fast and that gives us a chance to put things right.”


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