'Keeper reveals extent of hip surgery that has hindered him for years
Dean Gerken says he is feeling fitter than he has done in years after overcoming a serious hip injury.
The Town ‘keeper had to undergo surgery last season after being hindered by a hip problem for six years.
“It was a serious injury. My hip was clicking or locking every so often over five or six years but the last two years or so it got progressively worse and was locking regularly,” Dean said in an interview in tonight’s matchday programme.
“I maybe should have had the operation sooner. The surgeon did an excellent job, though, and pulled out about five or six bits of bone that were the size of a tooth.
“It went well and it’s allowed my body to be in a position now where I can play three games in a week and feel fine for it. Things are very good – better than they have ever been in fact.
“It was a really tough time and it’s something I’m pleased I dealt with quite well and very happy to be on the other side of.
“I actually had six months last year when I wasn’t even training. It pretty much felt like I was starting from scratch this summer. The more games I get under my belt the more natural it will feel and I do feel like I’m getting there.”