Winger getting back to fitness
City winger Arron Davies has had to watch on from the sidelines for the whole of November, after picking up a small calf tear when the Grecians visited Cheltenham last month. The injury meant having to spend a frustrating few weeks on the physio’s table rather than being involved on the pitch.
However the Welshman was back in training again today and is looking forward to being back in contention once again for Exeter. Manager Paul Tisdale revealed last week that he had decided not to risk throwing Davies back into the squad for Rotherham if he wasn’t in fine fettle, but the midfielder is now on course to be fighting fit for Rochdale.
Davies said: “I did train once last week, but to push it would have been a bit stupid. The sensible thing to do with this week is to have a rest week and build the endurance up throughout the muscles. It made sense, rather than potentially putting myself back a month for the sake of being on the bench or something.”
While he admitted that having to be a spectator has been far from ideal, Davies also feels that the being amongst a supportive, close-knit squad has been helpful in keeping him upbeat.
“It is frustrating, especially on matchday, because you still get that adrenaline drive going into the game, but then you just have to watch and can’t help the lads.
“But I’ve gone to all the games, and it’s nice to be around the changing rooms. The lads have been helping me get through the injury, because obviously I need them as much as they need me. That helps, and I’m glad to be back fit now.”
With Tis picking a fairly consistent squad throughout November, the midfielder is working hard and taking nothing for granted as he edges back towards full health.
“I’ll have to earn the right to get the shirt again, and do what I can in training. If I get a chance in the Rochdale game, I’ll show what I can do. If you’re injured, sometimes you have to start again from scratch. I’m willing to fight for a place, as are all the lads here.
“It’s a massive time, coming up to Christmas, and we need to get everyone fit. We’ve got a few suspensions and a few niggling little injuries. So this week could be a good thing for us, having no game. Over the Christmas period we need our full squad fit and firing.”
Click here to watch the whole interview on Grecian Player.