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Chadwick: Back earlier than expected

31 July 2012

At the end of the 2011/12 season Luke Chadwick underwent minor surgery on his knee after a number of troublesome months playing through the pain barrier.

Although the surgery was only seen as ‘minor’ the ex-Manchester United midfielder was expected to be sidelined for a large part of pre-season with a potential race to be fit for the opening day.

However, Chadwick’s ever-professional approach to his rehabilitation ensured he returned ahead of schedule to be available for the pre-season friendlies and so far he has played a key part.

After the goalless draw with Kettering Town on the weekend, the 32-year-old spoke to about the operation and how he’s glad to be back earlier than first thought.

He said: “The operation went really well. The surgeon was delighted with how it went and how simple a procedure it turned out to be.”

The original plan was for Chadwick to sit out most of the friendlies in order to be ready in time for the Cheltenham Town game on 11th August but with his knee feeling fine, the decision was made to let him take part.

“I wasn’t due to play in many pre-season friendlies but it went well in Ireland and my knee felt fine so we thought it was pointless waiting any longer, so I was allowed to play and see how it feels.”

The former-Premier League winner is no stranger to injury but is pleased with how well his body recovers from any damage.

“I always seem to get back pretty quickly after an injury so I always anticipated being ready for the start of the season.

“I was never expecting to be fit for the friendlies though so that’s even better.”

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