It’s been a tough start to Spireites life for Angel Martinez after suffering a serious knee injury at the start of September which has ruled him out for the rest of the season.
However, the Spaniard is feeling positive as he travels along the lengthy road to recovery.
“I’m feeling good," he said. "Obviously it’s not easy to get that injury but I’m feeling better every day and improving so I’m on the way to recovery.
"It’s not easy for a footballer to be off the pitch this long, but I’m ready to work. I’m working already with Rodger (Wylde) and in the gym so I’m on the way back.”
The midfielder admitted that he has had to face up to the outcome following the injury and he is optimistic that he will recover more quickly than first thought.
“When the doctor said I was going to be out for nine months, I had to accept that I was going to have to work every day to be back as soon as possible.
"You have to respect the knee, it’s going to take a long time to get it ready to play again, but I’m hoping to be back sooner than the doctors said.”
The former Blackpool and Millwall man was keen to express the importance of his team-mates throughout the recovery process, and has been a frequent visitor to the Proact to cheer on the Spireites on matchdays.
“I need the team," he explained. "It’s not easy to be injured because the lads are training and I am spending hours in the physio room alone, but I need to be in touch with my team-mates and when I get the chance to go to some games and chat to the lads, I do it because it’s what I need”
Head of sports science and medicine Rodger Wylde is working with Angel throughout his recovery and has lifted the lid on his road to recovery.
He said: “We’re at a stage now where we’ve got past the fragile part of the rehab where we have to be very careful.
“We’re now working on flexion because that was a bit down on what we wanted. We are starting to mobilise the knee and getting it moving and we’re also starting to mobilise the kneecap as well as starting to mobilise the ACL itself.”
Wylde admitted that working on strengthening the thigh is also a key part of the recovery after suffering a serious knee ligament injury and that Angel is now starting that part of the process.
“We’ve been working on full extension which also helps the thigh as well, because that is down due to the sort of injury that it is. We’re starting to bend the knee again which strengths the knee and also the thigh.
"We use one kilogram weights on the ankle which also aids the strengthening process, Angel does this with both legs so he’s got a comparison and he knows what normal feels like.”