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8 February 2021

Midfielder looking to play his part this season

Cole Skuse says he is feeling really good as he edges towards a return to training following a sustained spell on the sidelines.

The 34-year-old suffered what he describes as a ‘freak fall’ on his hip and knee in training back in August when the players returned for pre-season.

The innocuous injury led to Cole undergoing a repair operation which has seen the Blues midfielder absent from the current campaign to date.

Cole, who has made over 250 appearances for the Club since joining in 2013, says the end is in sight in what has been a frustrating spell.

“I’m feeling really good,” Cole told the Club website. “Pandemic aside, it’s been challenging with the injury because it’s a period in my career that I’ve never gone through before.

“It was a freak injury in the sense that we were doing some shape training and I took a slip and an awkward fall and I sat through my knee really awkwardly.

“I sat out of that session, but tried to carry on for a couple more weeks after, but I had to dip in and out of sessions as it (knee) kept swelling up.

“I then went for an operation,” Cole added. “I expected it to be a small routine operation, but it ended up being a lot more than any of us anticipated, and it’s now been four months.

“It’s the longest injury in my career by quite some way. In the past when I’ve had injuries that have seemed quite serious and substantial, I’ve always come back quite quickly.

“Whereas this one, I had to follow the book with the repair, but I can see the finishing line now.”

Cole is now progressing and back on the training pitch, working with the Club’s sports therapist, Tom Walsh and is aiming to play his part in Town’s campaign.

“I’m back on the grass, running and doing multi-directional work with Walshy [Tom Walsh] – without putting a timeframe on it, it’s nearing completion and then I’ll be looking to get back training with the lads.

“Even doing the individual work with Walshy next to the lads who are training makes you feel so much closer.

“I feel I’ve got a part to play this season and from my own personal point of view, I want to play on for at least another couple of years.”

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