Kane remaining positive

COLERAINE defender Lyndon Kane is determined to fight back after suffering another cruel injury over the Festive and New Year period…

By: Aaron O’Neill

The talented full-back made only four appearances after returning from a similar injury suffered in April 2018, but limped off against Warrenpoint Town a few weeks ago with a broken metatarsal.

It marks the third break in 18 months for the former Northern Ireland schoolboy international, who expects to be sidelined for a similar period this time around.

“It is one of them things and the injury is simply a freak accident,” he said.

“It seems to have happened when landing after a header against Warrenpoint.

“For me, it is the third time in a year-and-a-half which is the most frustrating thing.”

The youngster had made a positive return for Rodney McAree’s side who have endured an injury hampered campaign to date as Aaron Traynor was ruled out for the season with a torn ACL.

But with another lengthy spell watching on from the stands likely, Kane says he hopes to resolve the recurring foot issue once and for all.

“Going through the Boxing Day fixture against Ballymena United was high intensity with a lot of big tackles but yet the slightest cross landing in the very next game is enough to put me out of action,” he said.

“In my head it is a tough one to come back from and it is hard for me to get my head around it at the minute.

“I am determined to fight back again and whatever length of time it takes me to recover I will aim to get back on the pitch again.

“It is going to be tough and I know it will be a long road but I want to get back playing and I am aware that it will take a little bit longer this time.

With a return to action well in the distance, the Coleraine defender is hopeful that his upcoming surgery will once for all solve the problem.

“I will see the specialist and hopefully will get surgery this week to try and knit the bone back together with a screw or something like that,” he continued.

“The last time around I took an extra seven or eight weeks walking around just to make sure everything was fine for coming back and I think I have been unlucky and very unfortunate that this has happened again.”

Coping with injuries can be a tough challenge both mentally and physically for players but the 21-year-old admits that the support of family, friends and everyone associated with the Irish League community has proved a comfort through the challenging periods.

“We have a great changing room at Coleraine and I have supportive people around me and I can not thank everyone enough for their support.

“I have had messages of support from other players in the league who I have never spoken to before which means a lot because it helps you get through the tough part of dealing with it all,” concluded Kane.