SWINDON TOWN: McEveley hails Italian medic

Swindon Town star Jay McEveley

Swindon Town star Jay McEveley

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JAY McEveley is convinced he would not have been able to make such a prompt recovery from knee surgery had he not received treatment at the Villa Stuart rehabilitation centre in Italy.

The full-back, who is closing in on a return to the first team after almost seven weeks out of action, was seen to by Professor Pier Paolo Mariani and his team at the facility on the outskirts of Rome last month - where he had access to state of the art equipment unavailable in Swindon and the surrounding area.

With his comeback almost complete, McEveley told the local media how grateful he was to Mariani and Villa Stuart for ensuring his recovery was both quick and relatively painless.

“He (Mariani) is very good. I got told he was the best around for knees and stuff,” he said.

“The treatment that I got, not only the surgery, was twice a day, working hard, keeping my muscle toned and getting my leg bending.

“It was important that I was out there and it’s helped me massively. It could have been a different story.

“We haven’t got the machines in Swindon to help me do that and it was important that I was out there.”

McEveley underwent a scan recently after feeling some slight pain in the area which had been operated on out in Italy, but the results showed no extra damage and he now hoping to be included in manager Paolo Di Canio’s matchday squads in the not-so-distant future.

“I’ve got over the little niggle that I had last week. To be honest it’s helped me a lot,” he said. “The scar tissue was maybe restricting my movement a bit. I broke it up, moved it around a little, let it settle down and it felt better this week.

“I’ve been working with Claudio (Donatelli, fitness coach) and the team this week and it’s up to the manager when he sees fit, when he sees me in training looking sharp and looking ready, and then he can put me back in the squad.

“I felt very good last week. I’ve had five or six days off training but I feel very good now. I’ve kept myself in pretty good shape to be fair and my fitness is not too bad.”

Meanwhile, Paul Benson’s loan spell at Portsmouth came to an end yesterday, as the striker left Fratton Park following his two-month stay.

The former Charlton man is currently weighing up the offer of a permanent contract, believed to be from League Two side Cheltenham, with Di Canio keen to offload the 33-year-old as he looks to balance the books at the County Ground.

Benson told The News in Portsmouth: “I think Cheltenham have an offer on the table at the moment – a loan with a view to a permanent in the summer – and Swindon are quite keen for me to do that.

“I’ll see how the land lies at Swindon and how it goes from there.”

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6:13am Wed 16 Jan 13

smirg kcab says...

Paolo 4 caddis 0
Onwards and upwards
Paolo 4 caddis 0 Onwards and upwards smirg kcab
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7:48am Wed 16 Jan 13

SAPFanSTFC says...

Will be great to have him back and at full fitness...just wish he could get his crossing sorted.
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Will be great to have him back and at full fitness...just wish he could get his crossing sorted. ... Predictions League: ====. All tables and draw for next round of F.A. Cup are on the results thread: http://www.thisisswi ndontownfc.co.uk/new s/10156484.PREDICTIO NS_LEAGUE__AFC_Bourn emouth_v_Swindon_Tow n_results/ SAPFanSTFC
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9:01am Wed 16 Jan 13

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

Grim only 4 nil? Another really unhappy player who hasn't benefited from the Emperor's help...

As I said young Paul he'll be playing Division 1 football next year and we won't...
Grim only 4 nil? Another really unhappy player who hasn't benefited from the Emperor's help... As I said young Paul he'll be playing Division 1 football next year and we won't... dreamofacleansheet2
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10:00am Wed 16 Jan 13

Stilloyal says...

Looking forward to you being back in the squad Jaymac.
Looking forward to you being back in the squad Jaymac. Stilloyal
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10:13am Wed 16 Jan 13

pdc does wot he wants says...

better medical treatment at birmingham is it caddis me thinks not. how are you getting on at birmingham? oh yeah your injured again good look with that one see you in the championship next season thats if birmingham will have you PDC is king. hope the game is on saturday because with 4 away games back to back we might need the points .
better medical treatment at birmingham is it caddis me thinks not. how are you getting on at birmingham? oh yeah your injured again good look with that one see you in the championship next season thats if birmingham will have you PDC is king. hope the game is on saturday because with 4 away games back to back we might need the points . pdc does wot he wants
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5:05pm Wed 16 Jan 13

old town robin says...

i have had a couple of opportunities to speak with Jay inj the legends and somewhere else, and have to say he seems like a really decent scouser.

When I first saw him play after his loan from Barnsley, it was easy on the eye that he was a decent footballer, but when I watch him run it seemed something wasn't quite right. maybe he was carrying a niggling injury when he joined us. really hoping that Dr Mariani has sorted out his injury problem and Jay will be fit and healthy and with us for a few more years.

Wonder when Paolo will be inviting the Doctor over to advise how we should be planning our future requirements as obviously if and when Paolo leaves we will probably not have the benefits of Paolo's generousity to fall back on in the future.
i have had a couple of opportunities to speak with Jay inj the legends and somewhere else, and have to say he seems like a really decent scouser. When I first saw him play after his loan from Barnsley, it was easy on the eye that he was a decent footballer, but when I watch him run it seemed something wasn't quite right. maybe he was carrying a niggling injury when he joined us. really hoping that Dr Mariani has sorted out his injury problem and Jay will be fit and healthy and with us for a few more years. Wonder when Paolo will be inviting the Doctor over to advise how we should be planning our future requirements as obviously if and when Paolo leaves we will probably not have the benefits of Paolo's generousity to fall back on in the future. old town robin
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5:24pm Wed 16 Jan 13

dreamofacleansheet2 says...

Old Town: " a decent scouser". Surely that's an oxymoron?!

Good to have him nearly back. We are looking so string as a squad now it's incredible to think of where we've been.

Snow or no snow happy days.
Old Town: " a decent scouser". Surely that's an oxymoron?! Good to have him nearly back. We are looking so string as a squad now it's incredible to think of where we've been. Snow or no snow happy days. dreamofacleansheet2
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