Deeney: “My Knee Feels Brand New”
Troy Deeney took a significant step this morning in his recovery from injury when he took his first strides on a treadmill.
The captain has been restricted to sessions on the bike and in the pool since the operation on his right knee, but he was given the all-clear to start work on the anti-gravity treadmill this week and he performed three lots of four-minute sets at 7kms an hour.
“I've been doing running in the pool, so the mechanics didn't feel too unusual,” he said. “I’m running at half body weight and I want to do more, but they are holding me back for the right reasons. It's exciting but I also get frustrated as I want to do more and do the next thing.
“I understand the process, though, and the medical staff are looking after me really well, so we've knocked another week off [of the recovery time]. I think they are a week or ten days away from letting me go and run properly outside.”
Deeney's confidence is fuelled by a really positive appointment he had with a consultant on Friday.
“They took the last bit of fluid out of the knee,” he said. “It was 100ml last time, which was quite a lot, but this time it was only 23ml. I also had something put in to help lubricate the knee. It feels great, it feels brand new. It's good. Things are going well.”
The 31-year-old is reluctant to raise expectation and put a firm date in the diary for his long-awaited return, but he has a game in mind when he’d like to add to his 373 appearances for the club.
“I know when I'm aiming to be back,” he said. “It's not too far away now. I'm just starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. They are holding me back for my benefit, but when they let me go there will be no stopping me, so they are just trying to rein me in until it's safe medically and then I'll be going and pushing myself.
“I'm just ready for it. I know what to expect and that I will have to fight for my place. I don’t think there’ll be any playing 45 minutes for the Under-23s first. I’ll be expected to go straight in and I'm ready for everything that is coming.”