Cherries: Molesley is motivated by step up
MARK Molesley the forgotten man of Cherries' successful season admits the prospect of playing League One football will provide all the incentive necessary during his lengthy comeback mission. The luckless midfielder went under the knife a week ago in a bid to cure the long-standing foot problem which cruelly cut short his campaign. Top surgeon James Calder carried out the operation in Basingstoke as Molesley looked to overcome the persistent injury. Molesley, an influential and popular figure during Cherries' record-breaking start to the season, is prepared to be patient in his recovery. Although understandably reluctant to discuss time-scales, the former non-league star will use as motivation the opportunity of reigniting his career in the third tier. He told the Echo: You don't need any more motivation than to come back and play in League One. It is great to pit your wits in the league above. It's all happened so quickly and you've just got to take these chances when they come and make the most of it while it's there. I know that more than anyone from being in non-league a long time and also now being injured. It makes you learn to appreciate your time on the field a lot more. Explaining the operation he underwent and the steps he is now taking, Molesley added: I had the operation last Wednesday and they cleaned up a bone. Basically, there was a big chunk out of the bone and they cleaned that up and put a screw into it. I'm on crutches and can't put my foot down for the next two weeks. Then I'm going back into an air boot after that. I have to have that on for a period of time and, gradually, I can start putting my foot down a bit more in the boot because it protects it better. It will just be a case of slowly putting weight back through it with the aid of the air boot. Once the air boot is done then it will be quite a bit of time. I don't want to say when because we don't know how the operation went. I think I'm going to get it scanned again in 10 weeks to see how it's settled and to see whether we can then take the next step, which will be the rehabilitation. Molesley explored every possible avenue in a bid to play a part during the club's run in, before eventually having to admit defeat. Cherries fans will be hoping the all-action star makes a speedy return after he established himself as a firm favourite during the early stages of this season. ¢Cherries' promotion heroes will embark on an open-top bus parade on Sunday to celebrate their achievements. For the full story, click the link below or see page two of today's Echo.
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