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Angel On the Mend After Latest Operation

2 August 2016

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After almost a year out with a serious knee injury, Angel Martinez is hoping to be closing in on fitness after undergoing a third knee operation recently.

Injured in a freak training ground incident after playing just three games for the Spireites last summer, Angel had a more minor knee operation at the start of the summer to try and clear out debris in his knee ahead of a return to training.

However, early on in pre-season the Spaniard felt discomfort, with the decision made to operate again to attempt to finally get to the bottom of the complaint.

Two weeks after Angel's latest spell under the knife, head of sports science and medicine Rodger Wylde commented on the midfielder's progress: "Angel's recovering from his second operation on the meniscus area, his third in total. The first meniscus operation three months ago was not successful and he required further surgery to repair the area.

"Now the area looks and feels good so Angel's in the process of four-weeks of strengthening, as well as gaining control of the knee again.

"That will take us to six weeks post-op and we would then progress to the critical stage of running, twisting, turning and functional activity - and that's the acid test for this injury.

"Psychologically for all of us we need to get past the stage we hit last time, the twisting and turning stage, where he felt pain. That's always a critical stage in an operation on an ACL and the lateral ligament."

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