Despite the pain, Marc Pugh has spoken for the first time about playing the back end of last season with a broken foot - an injury he sustained at Bury last season.
Speaking in the Bournemouth Evening Echo, Pugh is quoted as saying about the injury and his comeback: "I got kicked three times on the same spot against Bury. I had an ultrasound scan about a week later and it showed a small chip on the bone. I wanted to play through it because we were chasing promotion. It was my decision and nobody forced me. I had another scan at the end of the season and the surgeon said I had fractured it but that it had healed well. I was left with some fluid at the back of the ankle and I had an injection a week ago to settle it down. It was painful but I could play through it because it wasn't going to get any worse. It was great to still be playing and helping the team but it was affecting my performance slightly. I try to set my standards as high as possible and, on a personal level, I wasn't at my best. Fortunately, the team were doing brilliantly and that was the main thing. I was just glad to get through it".
Source: Cherries MAD