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Chapman in Recovery Mode

26 May 2015

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Spireites goalkeeper Aaron Chapman is back on the road to recovery after having surgery on his right ankle earlier this month.

The 24-year-old had the same operation on his left ankle before Christmas to strengthen the ankle ligament, a genetic condition it was found Chapman carried.

The latest operation was carried out on May 13 and Chapman is now in a cast as he starts on his journey back to first team fitness.

Rodger Wylde, head of sports science and medicine, spoke about the player and when he can be expected back in the Spireites squad.

He said: "The operation went well and Aaron had his lateral ligament reconstruction. He had the other ankle done some months ago and then this one gave way so we needed to get this one done as well.

"The prognosis is to be in a cast for four weeks and then eight weeks progressive rehab after that, then he should be back and playing some time between late-July and mid-August.

"Once he's recovered he should be back and firing on all cylinders. The operation on his other ankle was a great success so there's no reason why this one wouldn't be."

Chapman himself has been working with Wylde in recent days to track his progress after the operation and plan for his recuperation.

"I feel much the same as I did after having the first ankle done," he said. "At this stage it's frustrating because there's not much I can do but wait until the cast comes off.

"Having said that, I'm glad to get the operation out of the way and already you can start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I'm just looking forward to getting started with the rehab and then getting back training with the team."

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