“Those three days were the toughest time of my career. You start to think ‘am I going to get back to playing again?’
Freddie Sears admits he had fears over his career after missing nearly a year out of the game with cruciate ligament damage.
The striker, who ruptured his ligaments in the derby defeat at Norwich in February 2019, marked his first League start since then with a goal against Blackpool at the weekend and then made an impact for Blues again as a half-time substitute in last night’s loss to Fleetwood.
“I had a scan and thought it was going to be four to six weeks out,” says Freddie in an interview in Saturday’s matchday programme for the game against Coventry.
“Matty [Byard, first-team physio] got the news and came and told me it was a ruptured ACL. I remember I was sitting down eating scrambled eggs at the time and he was talking but I wasn’t taking it in. I couldn’t process what he was saying.
“It hurt big time for three days. I don’t mean physically, the mental side of it. There were tears, definitely.
“Those three days were the toughest time of my career. You start to think ‘am I going to get back to playing again’. The rate is a lot better now for recovery from that injury then it was 20 years ago but you still start to question it.”