Date: 6th October 2016 at 5:55pm
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Carl Jenkinson is entering the final stages of his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury, and he’s been speaking about the experience of being out for almost nine months as he looks to get back to his best.

Having spent time out on loan with West Ham for experience, he picked up the injury whilst with them, and it’s been a long journey for the 24 year old, but he’s obviously pleased now to be stepping his work up and getting back out amongst the players in training.

Speaking to the Official Site Jenkinson said that he felt there were positives he could take from the lay off, in terms of it keeping him focused and grounded once he does make his return.

‘The recovery is going well, it`s just lovely to be back out there playing and training. It`s fantastic to be doing that again after so long out. You have good days and bad days because obviously you`re still adapting after such a long time. You`re adapting to training and the short, sharp stuff that you can only get from training with the lads that you`re not prepared for no matter how much pre-work you do before coming back. So there`s that little element and a little adjustment period which I`m in at the moment, but I`m enjoying it.’

As for the lay off, he’s obviously looking forward to a return to action, admitting that match day involvement is the biggest frustration because as a player it’s what you live for.

‘It is a humbling experience being injured for such a long period of time. I guess sometimes in your career when you haven`t had injuries for a while, you start to take for granted just being able to go out and play football and enjoy doing that. Matchdays I miss a lot. I have missed them a lot because it`s a sort of buzz and excitement that you can`t replicate in anything else in life really. The build-up to a game, the pre-match and just the general vibe in the changing room as you`re building up to a game, that`s something that you can`t replicate in everyday life in anything else.’

With Jenkinson no doubt likely to be at 100% once more come the January window, it would be no surprise to see him spend the rest of the campaign out building himself back up properly and building his confidence on the pitch once more after what was a good spell at West Ham.

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