CRAIG DAVIES ON BEING RELEASED AND HIS INJURY
Interview with Craig Davies on his time at Mansfield, and being released:
From Burnden Aces, 12 June 2020
“After maybe 7 or 8 weeks of being at Mansfield I started getting a twinge in my ankle at the back end of pre-season. It was quite niggly. Every other day it was getting worse and worse.
“Within the space of probably about two months I was just in constant pain
“And I was having to pull out of training.
“Then I went to see a specialist and the specialist said “you need to get an operation, this is serious.”
“I wanted to heal it naturally and I didn't want to go down the operation route. But then I realised that it was just not getting better and it was just getting worse and worse.
“Obviously I knew Dave Flitcroft well and I felt like I didn't want to let him down, I tried to play through it but I was just doing myself no justice, just looking a shadow of myself and I just thought, come December, I can't do this anymore. Things I'd normally find so easy to do, I was struggling to do, and then day by day missing training and only training maybe once or twice a week, my fitness was just going downhill and obviously as you get older you need to stay on top of that.
“So we decided the operation was the best route. Dave (Flitcroft), the assistant Ben Futcher, and the physio at the time, Tom, they were really supportive of me.
“So I got the operation done and it just ended up being longer than I thought it was going to be. I got both ankles done because the specialist said the right one’s not as bad, but while you are rehabilitating your left one you could do your right one as well and that could save you in future. So I thought, you know what makes sense, so I've done them both.
“It just ended up being like a longer process than I thought.
“And then it came to probably about November (2019) when I joined back in training, which was tough because normally the longest I've been out before that was maybe two and a half months and it would take me six weeks to get back into the swing of things. So being out a year it was quite difficult to get back into the swing of things
“I felt I was getting back into a better routine around the beginning of February. But then the new manager at the time (Graham Coughlan) had his visions of what he wanted to do moving forward for the club.
“And then obviously the pandemic happened with the coronavirus, and the season finished, cutting short.
“I went in a couple of weeks ago and spoke to the manager and the manager just told me he's going to move in a different direction, which I understand. I mean I hadn't played a lot so it made sense.
“And to be fair I think I was so frustrated with just being injured a lot there that I needed something fresh in my own head as well to get me going again.”
On David Flitcroft at Mansfield:
“Last year, the boys liked Dave a lot. And I think this year they realised how much they missed him. Sometimes you don’t realise what you’ve got until it’s gone.”
Full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGnDqYASmo0
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