Cherries: Molesley hoping to copy Cooper comeback

04 September 2010 07:00
MARK Molesley is hoping to follow in the footsteps of comeback king Shaun Cooper after revealing he is making patient progress in his recovery from surgery.[LNB] The Cherries star went under the knife in April to cure a persistent left-foot injury and got the green light to kick on with his rehabilitation in July.[LNB] Since then, he has been steadily building up his training with strength and conditioning work in a bid to give himself the very, very best chance of making a successful return.[LNB] In similar fashion to team-mate Cooper, who spent much of last season recovering from hip surgery, Molesley intends to bide his time as he attempts to return to action.[LNB] And the former non-league midfielder, a key performer for Cherries before being sidelined, is using his colleague as an example for his own painstaking recovery mission.[LNB] He told the Echo: I've got to line everything up and make sure everything's strong enough ready for when I can start running that the foot is as strong as it can be and all the other areas because I haven't played for about 10 months now.[LNB] If I carry on the way I'm going then I might be able to start running out on the field within, hopefully, about a couple of weeks.[LNB] But I haven't run properly for a long time so it's going to take quite a while to get me up to speed.[LNB] I think you just have to look at Coops. He took a little bit longer to come back but look how he has come back he's come back better than ever.[LNB] He had quite an uncommon injury as well and he went through a lot of ups and downs with it, but he stuck with it, took maybe a little bit longer than they first anticipated, but look how he's come back, he's come back better than ever.[LNB] I've pushed it before and it hasn't worked so we've just got to make sure we take our time.[LNB] Molesley is combining treadmill work at Southampton Solent University with strength and conditioning sessions at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Boscombe as he builds up towards getting on the training field to start full running.[LNB] He added: We're definitely going in the right direction. I'm still quite nervous and anxious about getting out on to the field because the last operation I had I got to this stage and it wasn't until I went out on the field that I broke down.[LNB] I've got to go through all this to make sure I give myself the best chance that when I do go out on the field I won't break down.[LNB] We've had a longer healing process this time round, a different type of surgery and, plus, I'm doing even more strengthening and conditioning to give myself the very, very best chance that when I do get out on the field I'm ready and the foot will stand up.[LNB]

Source: Bournemouth_Echo