Spireites midfielder Jordan Sinnott says that he is hoping to return to full training next week.
Sinnott has been out of action since tearing two ankle ligaments in training, prior to the derby match with Mansfield Town in November. But now after a frustrating period on the side lines, the former Huddersfield Town man is ready to put himself back in to manager Jack Lester’s plans.
“I’m getting there,” he told iFollow. “I spoke to Johnny (physio Johnny Wilson) yesterday and I’m hoping to train next Thursday. It has been a while, it’s been frustrating but thankfully I’m nearly there.
“I’m back running on the pitch now, it’s tough, it’s not enjoyable just watching the lads train, you want to get involved but I need to get my fitness back up with Jake Simpson (strength and conditioning coach) so it’s going well."
Recalling how the injury came about, he said: “It was in training, on the Friday before the Mansfield game, we went to play some small sided games.
“It was near to the end of the session and I planted my right foot to have a shot with my left and it just gave way under the turf, I ended up rupturing two ligaments.
“It was frustrating, but that’s football, you’re going to get injured, you’ve just got to bounce back from it and that’s what I’m trying to do, I’m working hard in the gym, working hard on the training pitch, getting back fit and hopefully we’ll get there.”
Sinnott had enjoyed a productive start to his time with the Spireites, netting twice in the August home matches with Port Vale and Bradford City. As well as those well taken strikes, he also set up Kristian Dennis for the opening goal in the 2-0 win over the Valiants.
His road to recovery has undertaken many different steps and involved performing numerous different exercises. There was even a chance meeting with the IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua.
"That was when I went to Sheffield," he recalled, "It was on the treadmill, I'd been there five times and was fortunate to meet him."
On his rehabilitation, he explained: “Before I got back running, it was more cardio-vascular work, and working on the ropes.
“They’ve got a skiing machine down at the gym which some of the injured lads are starting to dislike a bit now, but it’s good.
“I’ve been working on the bike as well, doing mobility work to try and get my ankle back to what it was.”
So with a return to training pencilled in for next week, when does Sinnott envisage being able to put on the blue shirt once again?
“I’m hoping to be back sooner rather than later but hopefully in the next month or so, about 4-6 weeks,” the midfielder asserted.
Meanwhile, Sinnott has praised the work of new physiotherapist Wilson, who recently arrived at the club, following Michael McBride’s move to Scunthorpe United.
“Johnny’s come in and got very hands on with the lads straight away,” he added.
“His sessions are tough and that’s what us injured lads need. He wants us to get back as fit as we can so we can make the integration back into training easier.”