Tamworth FC’s Aaron Forde looks to bounce back from freak injury
Tamworth FC midfielder Aaron Forde has been reflecting on the freak injury which means he will miss the start of the season.
But he’s confident he’ll come back strongly and can’t wait to get started as he looks forward to a promotion challenge with the club.
Former Walsall and Stourbridge midfielder Forde could be out for six weeks after suffering a bad wrist injury.
“It’s been a weird situation really,” he said. “I ruptured the tendons in my thumb and my wrist, completely out of the blue.
“I was in the shower and reached over to the back of my shoulder and something cracked.
“I couldn’t move my thumb. I had no lock extension in my thumb whatsoever.”
“I had to go to the doctor in the morning and he sent me straight to A&E. Next thing you know, I’m having surgery!
“I had the stitches out last week and I will have the cast off in another two weeks.
“Then, hopefully, I’ll have some intense physio to get the tendons and the thumb moving and working again.”
“I’m hoping to be back in six weeks, minimum, that’s the aim.
“At the moment, while I am in a cast, I can’t do any work.
“As I’m in a full cast, there can’t be any wetness at all so I can’t run or do anything because otherwise it’s going to sweat.
“It has stumped me and it’s disappointing but it is what it is!”
Forde is optimistic he won’t need too long to get back to match sharpness once available.
“I will be OK” he said. “I’m not one to put on weight and I back myself to get through 90 minutes of football even having not done anything for a while.
“It’s just frustrating because pre-season for me is about good habits, getting on the ball and learning how people do things coming into a new club.
“I have no doubts about my own natural fitness, it’s just the understanding of how things are done, knowing roles and responsibilities, so that’s been the biggest thing really but I’ll get that.
“I’m old school and a game of football is a game of football.
“I’ve been at that many clubs now, I’m used to coming into a new environment.
“I’ll get down to business and get going really.”
Forde is excited by the potential of the group at Tamworth but also says the squad need to stay grounded as the league will be tough.
“It’s been a good pre-season for the club,” he said. “It’s gone well.”
“Andy (Danylyszyn) gives a lot of information to the boys and they have all taken that on board. From the feedback the lads have given, they have bought into what Andy and Gaz (Smith) have brought to the table.
“Everyone is just looking forward to the season.”
“We have a lot of good signings and I reckon we have got a good shot. If we do the basics right, the quality will come through.”
“There’s an expectation at the club which is needed but at the same time we just need to make sure we stay focused and not think too far ahead. We’ll just take each day as it comes.”