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Sam Hird Battles Back to Fitness

20 November 2014

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Spireites defender Sam Hird is on the verge of a first team comeback after a lengthy spell out with a serious knee injury.

Hird returned to training this week and he sat down with Spireites Player to talk about his first day of training and his fightback from injury.

He said: "It's been really enjoyable, it's been a long road back for me so it's great to be back out on the pitch with the lads. I felt a bit rusty, but my fitness levels are good. 

"I've done a lot of hard work with Rodger Wylde the physio which has been really good for me. My fitness levels are there, it's just about getting my sharpness and that rustiness out of my legs through match practice."

A period out of the game is frustrating enough, but Hird explained that the road back to fitness is even more strenuous than normal day-to-day training.

He said: "If anything's it's harder. It depends what type of injury you've got, the first four or five weeks for me were quite easy because I wasn't allowed to do anything and I was in a brace.

"But the last four or five weeks have been like a pre-season really, it's harder than training. 

"That's why I've gone back into training today, I've done some ball work today, some small-sided games and some running, so now it's about getting that sharpness back in my legs."

Through his first training session, Hird is targeting a speedy return to first team action, though he concedes the timing of his first start is not up to him.

The centre back said: "That's up to the manager, when he feels I'm ready to get back in that'll be his decision. It always takes games to get your full match fitness up. 

"I think he's looking to arrange a friendly for me next week behind closed doors and we'll take it from there really."

This season's injury has been the first serious one of Hird's career, and it's not an experience that the 27 year-old is keen to repeat.

He said: "I've never experienced anything like it. Touchwood, I've never before this been injured and I never want to be injured again. It's dreadful, honestly, the first four or five weeks when you're doing nothing and you're in a brace.

"But the good part of it is when you know you're on the road to recovery, you get the all-clear from the specialist that you're ready for exercises and then over the last month I've been firmly focused on getting myself fit and ready.

"My aim was to get back ready before the Crawley game, so in effect I'm working a week earlier than I did want to be, so I'm happy about that."

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