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SWINDON TOWN: McEveley plays down extent of knee problem
REPORTS of Jay McEveley’s injury problems appear to have been greatly exaggerated after the full-back revealed his knee hasn’t felt better in more than two years.
Manager Mark Cooper recently told the Advertiser how McEveley’s training regime differs to that of the rest of his Robins’ teammates, saying the 28-year-old has to manage the knock to avoid long-term damage.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, however, McEveley explained exactly how his week compares to that of the rest of the Town squad.
“I think people have said this in the press but it’s not really too different. I only really do it so I can get a really good strength session in on a Monday. The rest of the week I’m training with the lads as normal,” he said.
“Tuesday is a hard session with the lads, Wednesday is a day off, Thursday and Friday I’m back with the lads - so it’s really only one day I’m not training with the lads.
“I’ve proved I can play the Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday with the Chelsea week so I am ready to go if needs be. He (Cooper) did rest a few players on Tuesday so it was a good opportunity to give my knee a bit of a breather.
“On the knee side of things, it’s been the best it’s been for two years to be honest with you.
“When I first came here on loan it wasn’t as strong as it is now but that’s just down to the people here and the hard work I’ve had to put in to get myself right.
“I’m feeling good with it now.”
When asked whether he felt media reports were exaggerating the situation, McEveley said: “I think they are a little but that’s the way it is. It’s fine and I’m getting along with it well. I do have to look after it but if you ask most people who have had slight knee injuries or major knee injuries, it’s a 24-hour, 365-day thing.
“You’ve got to be on top of it and keep it strong so you can play as long as possible and other things don’t go - your hips, your ankles.”
The ex-Blackburn defender went under the knife last December in an effort to sort out the problem area before visiting a specialist in April to assess how he could better protect his knee.
“It was a bit of a wake-up call when I went to see the specialist and he said, ‘you need to get this stronger otherwise you are going to have major problems’,” said McEveley.
“It’s probably the same with anyone’s knee in this room, really. If you’re walking around with no muscle in your leg it’s going to affect everything else.
“It was a bit of a wake-up call and I’ve done the hard work now and it’s about me maintaining it and keeping up the hard work on the days I can.”
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