Wednesday 13 December 2017

No solution in sight for Andy Reid's injury woe

Andy Reid of Nottingham Forest
Andy Reid of Nottingham Forest

ANDY Reid admits he's no closer to solving the injury problems which have made this term the most difficult season of his career.

Reid's Nottingham Forest have come back into contention for the play-off places having won five of their last six games, their most recent win a 3-0 dismissal of a struggling Reading side. But Reid (inset) has not played for the club since September due to a hernia problem and while the 32-year-old had hoped to be back well before the end of the season, he now concedes that he has no idea when he will be fit again.

"My injury has definitely been the most difficult time of my career," says Reid, who has also missed out on the majority of Martin O'Neill's time as Ireland boss, Reid's last cap coming in the win over Latvia 16 months ago.

"Unfortunately, since my operation last month I just haven't made the progress that we had expected, or hoped for. This is not like any injury I've had before, because it's not very common and it isn't straightforward.

"If you break a bone, you know how long it takes to heal, and you know roughly how long it takes to get back playing football again. I haven't broken a bone, I haven't torn a muscle, and I haven't ruptured a ligament or a tendon either," Reid added.

"So although we know the pain in my groin is a result of the hernia I had last season, since I pulled up against Derby in September we just haven't been able to get it right. It's been really, really frustrating. I've been struggling with it lately and it has been getting me quite down.

"I'm not going to put any timescale on a return at this stage."

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