GRANT ON THE MEND AND EAGER TO MAKE UP FOR LOST TIME
COVE Rangers defender Grant Campbell is delighted to see some light at the end of the tunnel as he battles back from what he described as "a nightmare injury."
The 28-year-old is on the mend after suffering a potentially career-ending knee injury back in March, two minutes into a match against his former club Wick Academy.
Grant had surgery to repair his damaged knee and has endured hours of painful physiotherapy in his battle to return to full fitness.
The good news is he has now been given clearance to step up his training programme and Grant is confident he will be back fighting for a first team place in the near future.
Grant thanked the club for ensuring he has a chance of returning a lot faster than was first anticipated.
"I have a lot to be grateful for," he said.
"It usually takes a minimum of nine months to recover from the sort of injury I suffered - and that's if you are with a full-time club receiving daily treatment and physiotherapy.
"But I'm on course to be back before that and that's down to the club making sure I was treated is if Cove were a full-time club.
"I was operated on at a private hospital the month after I was injured, if I had I been forced to go through the public health service route you would probably have been looking at double the time out.
"Club physio Jenni Butler has also put in a lot of extra hours looking after me.
"A lot of players at a lot of other clubs wouldn't get that sort of treatment, so I feel very fortunate.
"Although it still feels like I've been out for a long, long, time, I know it would have been much worse had everyone at Cove not shown a willingness to do everything possible to help me."
Grant still can't believe how easily he was injured in the game with Wick.
"I just planted my foot on the ground, my leg twisted a little and that was that," he said.
"It's hard to believe I could pick up such a nightmare injury in such a simple manner, it was just one of those things that can happen in football from time to time."
The injury robbed Grant of the chance to enjoy the run-in to last season's Highland League title triumph.
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