Rovers’ official website spoke to lionhearted Rob Jones, who is on the road to recovery.
Captain Jones was present at the Cantley Park training ground last week for the first time since his major neck surgery. Jones has been missing from the side since the Brighton home game but despite various attempts to alleviate the problem it came down to having an operation to solve the disc problems he was having.
Jones said: “The last few weeks since the operation have felt tedious at times as I have really been restricted in what I could do. I spent a lot of time resting and recuperating after the operation because it left me quite rough for a few days. I’m a very active person, so it’s a bit of a shock to the system when you are told you cannot do much.”
It was a serious operation for Jones to go through but it seems to have been successful.
“The surgeon was pleased with how it went and he made a lot of room where the problem was to allow the nerve to work properly instead of being trapped. I have been back to see him since the operation and he is delighted with my progress. I am very happy with how it has gone from the operation to now and at what stage I am at. Now I have to hope it continues getting better,” he said.
Now that the operation and recuperation has gone well, where does Rob feel he is in his rehab for next season?
“I have to take it very steady and know that I will have a very busy summer ahead. I will be spending a lot of time in the gym instead of time off as I look to get my fitness back where it needs to be. I am now at the stage of where I will be on a static bike for a couple of weeks then I will be allowed to swim for a few more weeks. After that I get to go back to see the surgeon who will study the X-rays etc. before I start running. If it all goes to plan I can in eight to ten weeks head the ball again!”
For a player who demands hard work and pushing himself, going slowly could be something that he finds most difficult.
“If this had happened five years ago I might have found it harder but now I am getting on a bit I understand why I have to take my time as I’m not getting any younger so it will take longer to get back. It’s now a mental state that I have to make sure I only come back when I am ready not before. It was a serious operation and it’s been a crazy few months for me, so I have to make sure I do not compromise my rehab,” he finished.