Ad­dai de­ter­mined to come back stronger af­ter ham­string set­back

Jon Palmer spoke to Alex Ad­dai af­ter the for­ward suf­fered a po­ten­tially sea­son-end­ing ham­string in­jury

Gloucestershire Echo - - CHELTENHAM TOWN -

» Not good news af­ter the scan, what’s the lat­est on your in­jury?

I have torn a bit of the ten­don in the ham­string, so that’s go­ing to be the long­est part of the re­cov­ery pe­riod. My ham­string will hope­fully be all right in the next four weeks, but the ten­don takes a lot longer to heal. It nor­mally takes 10 to 12 weeks to heal, so hope­fully be­ing a full-time ath­lete, it’s a bit shorter, but it looks like my sea­son is kind of over.

» Did you fear it was go­ing to be a se­ri­ous one when you suf­fered it against Yeovil?

Ini­tially, no. When Gav (Crowe, head of med­i­cal) came on and did the ham­string test, strength wise it was all right. But as I got up and started to walk I could tell it wasn’t right and I knew it was go­ing to be a longer spell on the side­lines.

» You were on the re­ceiv­ing end of a bad chal­lenge which led to a red card. Do you think that may have been when you got in­jured?

It hap­pened firstly dur­ing that chal­lenge, I think. I took a bit of a knock to the knee, my an­kle and I felt a bit of a nig­gle. As the game has gone on, it was a bit painful and then when I did the back­heel I com­pletely felt it just be­fore I made con­tact with the ball.

» You have a chance of be­ing back be­fore the end of the sea­son, but you can’t take risks with ham­string in­juries can you?

I have set my­self a few goals. I haven’t scored a Foot­ball League goal yet so love to come back and score one. But at the end of the day, if it was a case when I haven’t been play­ing, or it was like it was at the start of the sea­son, I think I’d have been more de­ter­mined to come back quickly. But with me be­ing a sprinter as well, I am more de­ter­mined to heal the ham­string and see what hap­pens to be hon­est.

» If you look back to this time one year ago, how pleased are you with what’s hap­pened since then?

It’s crazy to be hon­est. I never would have ex­pected to be here, I am grate­ful to be here and for the op­por­tu­nity.

» You gave up a job to come into full­time foot­ball. Are you con­fi­dent you made the right de­ci­sion?

It’s been a rocky road with ups and downs. I was com­pletely out of the pic­ture, then I had a chance and en­joyed a good run of form. It’s a good de­ci­sion, I’ve learned a lot about my­self and foot­ball. Hope­fully I can con­tinue to grow, de­velop and learn.

» Do you feel like your over­all fit­ness lev­els were where they needed to be be­fore the in­jury?

The spec­ta­tors and any­one else at the games could see I was play­ing 20 min­utes and do­ing a few things, but I’d get a bit tired and go hid­ing. Through­out the games I now see that I can be a con­stant threat.

» The man­ager has said there was a side of your game you needed to work on. How much do you feel you’ve pro­gressed in that re­spect this sea­son?

It’s been a mas­sive learn­ing curve and I’ve been learn­ing the other side of the game. The gaffer has said that go­ing for­ward is fine, but I needed to un­der­stand get­ting into a shape and we need to get the ball back for me to get on it so I can do what I do. I think it’s come on.

» It’s early days, but you only signed a one year con­tract. Has any­thing been spo­ken about?

We are not safe yet and it’s about the team first and fore­most. When that is done and dusted, we’ll see what hap­pens.

» What’s the one thing that’s been the big dif­fer­ence be­ing at a League Two club com­pared with Mer­stham last sea­son?

We used to train on a Tues­day night at 7.45pm. Some­times the flood­lights would be work­ing and some­times they wouldn’t. The fa­cil­i­ties weren’t the best. You’d get changed in your car. It’s crazy and a mas­sive dif­fer­ence. The pro­fes­sion­al­ism through­out the team. Some lads there would have a beer af­ter the game, noth­ing wrong with that of course, but it’s just not as pro­fes­sional.

» You had a run of good form in the team. Do you feel you’ve shown enough to prove you can do it at this level?

Yi’ve prob­a­bly frus­trated peo­ple at times and ex­cited peo­ple at other times, but I’d like to think I have shown what I can do and with more learn­ing and guid­ance I think I can be a real threat at this level.

» Are you de­ter­mined to still be a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence around the place dur­ing your re­cov­ery from in­jury?

They are a good bunch of lads, who help me and mo­ti­vate me ev­ery day. I see them out there and they ask me how the in­jury is and tell me to keep go­ing. A lot of them are much more ex­pe­ri­enced than me. The likes of Varns, Hussey, Mulls, Toze, they help me, give me guid­ance. Nigel has been a big char­ac­ter for me and helped me. He’s had an un­for­tu­nate in­jury as well, so it’s just me and him in the gym and we are spurring each other one.

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