Tommy Robinson making some good progress in recovery from double leg break
There is still a bit of a way to go, but Mildenhall Town’s Tommy Robinson is feeling positive as he continues on the comeback trail from a serious leg injury.
The playmaker broke both his tibia and fibula during September’s 3-0 victory over Ely City – an injury that required a three-hour operation, during which plates were inserted to aid his recovery.
The rehabilitation process has been long and there remains plenty more work to do, yet the 20-year-old can see plenty of light at the end of the tunnel.
“It has gone well to this point,” said Robinson, who joined Mildenhall from neighbouring Bury Town in February 2019.
“I have done a lot of physio and worked with some people who were recommended to me by lads I know at Ipswich Town.
“That has been more about mobility and then I have been doing the strength side of things in the gym. Obviously I can’t do that at the moment because of the virus, but it had gone smoothly until then.
“I couldn’t do anything for three months because the swelling was so bad. That was really tough because I had never really suffered a big injury.
“I had rolled ankles and things like that, and last season I even damaged my shoulder but I was back playing a week later – you feel a bit invincible.
“It is all about when I feel comfortable and I am getting there. I am probably still something like four months away, but hopefully I get involved a little bit in pre-season if that is able to start on time.
“I am feeling good about things because all of the work is paying off.”
The lay-off has also provided Robinson with plenty of time to reflect.
In years gone by he would have been bitterly frustrated – and not be shy to show it – to have been left on the substitutes bench, but this latest experience has seen him mature.
“I had a dodgy patch right at the start of the injury, but overall I have been pretty positive,” he added.
“When I sat on the bench at Bury, I used to think that was the end of the world and get down about it.
“But this has showed me you have got to get on with things.
“I love football, but life is so important and you’ve got to get yourself in check.
“There are more important things, and now I am concentrating on coming back stronger and better.”
Whenever Robinson is able to return, he intends to do so in Mildenhall colours.
The Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division club have been very supportive in recent months, and Robinson is keen to repay them.
“It is a really good club and they have looked after me,” he said.
“Ricky (Cornish, manager) and Colin (Vowden, assistant) have treated me so well, as has Phill Weavers and all of the lads.
“I wouldn’t want to play for anyone else when I come back. I felt like I was hitting a bit of form when I suffered the injury, and hopefully I can show that again.”
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