- Caolan Lavery on the road to recovery
- Striker damaged knee cruciate ligament in pre-season
- Owls forward looks to the future
Owls striker Caolan Lavery has spoken of his frustration after suffering a cruciate injury in pre-season.
Lavery – who burst onto the scene at Hillsborough last season – damaged his knee cruciate ligament during the Owls’ friendly with Doncaster in July.
The 21-year-old is very much on the long road to recovery in his rehabilitation programme.
“I hurt my other knee when I was a youth team player at Ipswich but it was nothing compared to this one,” he said.
“It was initially, very, very difficult to come to terms with because I finished last season quite well. I felt sharp in pre-season before the injury.
“I went back to Canada. Most of my family are from there. I saw my mum and dad and the rest of my family and that helped me get over the disappointment.”
Now fully focused on his return to fitness at Middlewood Road, Lavery wants to get back in action as quickly as possible and recapture the form that saw him score seven goals during a loan stint at Plymouth and productive spell in S6.
He added: “Atdhe, Stevie May and Gary Madine have done a good job up front. From a personal point of view, you want to be out there playing and helping the team.
“It’s not fun watching from the stands but it’s good to see the boys doing so well.
“I have got to take my time. I want to be back training and playing as soon as possible. That’s what we do as footballers. That is our lifestyle.
“But I have to make sure I am 100 per cent fully recovered from the injury.
“It would have been easy for the gaffer to forget about me but Stuart and physio Paul Smith have put their arm around me at times. That has been a massive help."