By George Williamson
Tranmere Rovers midfielder Jake Kirby says his latest set-back was “just a freak accident” after he suffered a medial knee ligament injury during a training session last week.
The 23-year-old had only just returned to contention after breaking his leg back in February 2017, making his first start of the season on January 20th, eleven months after the original injury.
But last week he suffered another injury, this time to his right knee, and Kirby spoke to us about how it happened.
He said: “It was just a freak accident, it was in training.
“I just had a shot and as soon as I hit it I just heard it click.
“(It feels a lot) better.
“It was very sore when I first did it, but now it feels a lot better.”
The injury itself usually side-lines a player for between a month and six weeks, and the medical staff’s tentative estimations put Kirby’s injury in a similar ball-park.
🗣MM: “Evan Gumbs broke his leg yesterday and Jake Kirby has ligament damage in his knee.” #TRFC
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He said: “I think they’re looking at about 4-6 weeks.
“Obviously no-one wants to get injured, but (when you compare) this injury to the broken leg, it’s on the positive side.
“I’m going to be out for six weeks, whereas it was 9-12 months with the broken leg.”
After an injury-ravaged year, Kirby spoke highly of the support he received from both his team-mates and family during time spent at the hospital and during the rehabilitation process.
He said: “Family are a big part of it.
“Obviously when I was in the hospital my family were always there, even some of the lads came down to see me and stuff.
“All the lads have been brilliant to be fair, they’ve all offered support and helped me get through it.
“Every person that has helped me get through it is a massive part of it.”
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