Rovers defender on his injury woes.
Rob Jones has revealed his delight at returning to training after one of the hardest parts of his footballing career following a serious neck injury.
Rovers very own Captain Marvel has been out of competition for nearly nine months but there is light at the end of the tunnel for the towering centre back.
“I’m just delighted to be back and involved with the group,” said Jones.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been with the group so it’s good for me but I’ve got a few more weeks to wait before I’m fully ready but hopefully that will come quickly so we can get on with things.
“I think three months is the most I’ve been out; it’s now been eight or nine months and it’s very lonely but thanks to the gaffer I’ve taken myself away from it.”
Speaking exclusively to ROVERS PLAYER, Jones candidly told how he had used the break to channel his frustrations in to other areas.
“I’ve been away doing my coaching badges so I’ve had that to concentrate on but I’ve spent more time with my family than usual – so that’s a bonus.
“I’ve just tried to busy myself really by looking at how other people train and reading up on the literature to get ready for my ‘A’ licence,” he said.
Jones, who arrived from Sheffield Wednesday two years ago, will not go straight back in to the side right away as he is still prevented from heading the ball on medical advice.
“I can’t deal with coming and watching them train when I’m not allowed to and it’s still difficult because I’m going to miss the next couple of games.
“I’ve never taken it for granted though and I’ll keep working hard and get back on the football pitch, which is the main priority.”