Carson upbeat following knee surgery

COLERAINE midfielder Josh Carson insists no timescale has been given for his comeback from injury but that he is on track in terms of rehabilitation…

The Antrim man went under the knife at the end of last season for a clean-up around the knee injury after playing through the pain barrier.

After the operation was a success, Carson acknowledged that he is currently continuing rehabilitation work in a bid to get back as fit as he possibly can.

“I had quite a bit of pain around the knee area in the second-half of last season but I continued to play on due to our squad being light in terms of injuries and suspensions,” he said.

“Once the season ended, it was the perfect time to get the operation and it was about getting the knee cleaned up and sorted due to wear and tear.

“I am feeling good, the rehabilitation is on the timeline that it should be and I feel mentally positive about it as I don’t need to worry about any prolonged problems with my knee.

“After the operation, the surgeon told me that I could be absent for 8-12 weeks or thereabouts.

“However, it’s just a waiting game in all honesty as he said I could return when I feel fit and ready but I won’t be taking any risks.”

The recovery period marks the first time in the 30-year-old’s career that he won’t be a part of pre-season training.

Despite that unusual feeling, Carson has been present on training nights to continue his rehab work and be in amongst the players.

“I have never missed a pre-season to date apart from now,” he added.

“As much as I would love be out there, I have still been down at the club for the last two weeks for rehabilitation work and listening to the physios.

“It is good to be down as always and having the craic with the lads but my focus is to get my knee right and being able to get back out there when I feel ready.”