The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY - By Danny Wing

ROTHER­HAM mid­fielder Dar­ren Pot­ter in­sists he is in “a good place” as he con­tin­ues his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion from an Achilles in­jury.

The 33-year-old has been side­lined since the end of last sea­son, but is edg­ing closer to a first­team re­turn.

“I’m quite happy with where I’m at at the mo­ment,” said Pot­ter.

“I’m not ex­actly sure how far post-op I am now, but it must be about 18 weeks.

“We have changed up my pro­gramme this week, so I’m start­ing a new pe­riod of strength­en­ing the calf and the Achilles.

“There’s a lot of gym­based work at the mo­ment and strength­en­ing and con­di­tion­ing work.

“Once I get on the anti-grav­ity run­ning ma­chine, it will just be a mat­ter of time be­fore I’m out on the grass.

“I’m in a good place right now, so hope­fully I can just keep push­ing for­ward.”

The for­mer Liver­pool and MK Dons player ad­mits his re­cov­ery has not been easy, but he will not be putting any pres­sure on him­self by set­ting a spe­cific re­turn date.

“You have your days and your mo­ments, re­cov­er­ies of­ten come in peaks and troughs,” he added.

“I’ve been through a few dark days, cer­tainly in the early stages.

“For two weeks, I had to sit for up to 50 min­utes of ev­ery hour with my leg el­e­vated which is re­ally hard to take as a foot­baller that is used to be­ing out train­ing.

“It was re­ally tough, but I came through that and each time you do, you set an­other hur­dle that you have to get over and you can start see­ing the light at the end of the tun­nel.

“I sup­pose with some­thing as se­ri­ous as this, it’s not wise to put out tar­gets for re­turn­ing. We’ve got a goal in mind in­ter­nally and I would say we are prob­a­bly on track for that.”

Pot­ter will be ea­ger to re­turn to help Rother­ham as they at­tempt to es­tab­lish them­selves in the Cham­pi­onship this term.

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