Mark Delaney Verdict This Week
Mark Delaney will find out this week if he can step up his long awaited comeback from injury after he visits Dr Richard Steadman in America.
The 30-year-old Welsh international told the official site:
'Things have gone as well as could be expected so far. My only exercise has been for an hour a day and you can lose a lot of muscle. I hope after Tuesday I'll be able to put weight on my leg and adjust the brace so I can start moving and bending my leg. I've tried to maintain strength, but because I've had to keep my leg straight, I'm not able to put any weight on it.'
'Once I start bending the leg, I can build it up, but it's going to take a while and it will take a lot of hard work. After not being able to bend my leg for six weeks, even putting my weight on my leg is a big step.'
He also says following Martin O'Neill's recent comments that the club will back the defender whether he is still in contract or not:
'It's re-assuring I have the backing of the manager. I'm aware he's said I don't need to worry about the future at the moment and that the club would be receptive to my needs. With my contract up in the summer, it's a worry, but the manager is very genuine and if anyone could me give me the opportunity to get fit again, it's him. It's nice to hear that and I'm very grateful for it.'
If only he could get over his injuries he'd still be a fine fixture in our team, we have certainly missed his combatative spirit and fight.