HUGHES’ HURT IS FLEET-ING
JEFF HUGHES hopes his injury hell is finally over after he made a successful return for Fleetwood in midweek.
The 29-year-old broke his leg in Fleetwood’s League Two game against Hartlepool eight months ago.
His long-awaited comeback was then delayed by the need for a second operation, before he had specialist injections to aid his recovery.
But the midfielder played the full 90 minutes for the Cod Army’s development squad during the week against Wigan, and he admits it’s a relief to see light at the end of the tunnel.
“It’s the first time I’ve played pain free, that’s a big step,” said Hughes.
“It wasn’t the greatest of performances but I’m over the moon. Once you’re back playing, you can’t expect everything to be as it was before. You’ve got to keep on it.
“You’ve got a programme, you’ve got to progress and get things back.
“You don’t just walk back into the first team. It doesn’t work like that.
“I’ve had four days’ training – five if you include one with the kids. That’s since I’ve had the injections. In the games I had played it hasn’t been quite right.
“This is the first time I’ve played without it hurting me. It’s still early days but it’s good to be on the home stretch.”
FIT AGAIN: Jeff Hughes