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Gary Roberts' Return to Action

24 February 2015

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Having spent over a month out of action with a hamstring injury, Gary Roberts returned to the first team in the defeat at Rochdale on Saturday.

The forward had not played since the match at Swindon Town in mid-January but was back in the starting 11 at Spotland and came through 80 minutes unscathed before being substituted.

Roberts talked through the final stages of his rehabilitation and the nerves that came with the final few days of full training.
"I trained every day last week and completed everything," said Roberts. "I did a lot of sprint work with Shinner [Shane Nicholson] and with Rodger [Wylde] and trained every day so it was a tough week, but I was just happy to be back for selection.

"The first week's always tricky because you want to be careful with it and not pull up, but you also want to get back to full speed with the lads. 

"It's difficult and I think the stabilisers were on a bit, but once I get out onto the pitch I play with my heart on my sleeve, give 100% and put everything I can into the game - you play with your head a little bit more in the first couple of games."

Last season's Sky Bet League 2 player of the season was unable to prevent the Spireites falling to a 1-0 defeat at Rochdale, but talked about his feelings when back out on the pitch.

"It's in the back of your mind when you play," he said. "Rodger said to me that if I went near a tackle or backheeled a ball, like I did at Swindon when I pulled my hamstring, I'd be getting a massive fine.

"There was one point when Sam Clucas was screaming for a backheel and I was thinking 'oh no, don't!' He was about 30 yards behind me and I was worried about another Swindon.

"I wasn't taking it easy, but I was taking it a little bit more carefully than usual."

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