After a long stretch on the injury table Guiseley Vixens’ winger Emily Scott is looking forward to her return to first team football in the New Year.
On her return to full fitness and being part of the team again Scott said:”I’ve being back in training in the gym since last week and that was a massive boost. It is really difficult watching from the sidelines but I’m just pleased for the team. Wether I am on the pitch, on the subs bench or in the stand because of injury I only want the team to win and I know that’s how all the girls feel.
“Winning a league is about the squad – not about the 11 that start each game. Everyone plays their own part in that, even when you are injured!
“Hopefully after a couple of weeks in the gym I can get back on the training field and back in and amongst the sessions. It has been difficult over the last nine weeks not being able to do anything whilst the fracture healed but I am making the right steps and really looking forward to getting back into training!”
Time away from the pitch can have a negative effect on players as they become disheartened and lose their love of the game but not so Scott.
She said: “I don’t think that it has made me lose my love for the game and if anything it has made me hungrier. As a team we made a great start to the season and for me personally I had started scoring and creating goals again and was really enjoying my football. I am just looking forward to picking up from where I left off!
“I am ready to work hard over Christmas to get myself physically ready to pick up where I left off. I want to be back to the levels I started to show before my injury, scoring the big goals in big games, and prove to the management team, coaches and the players that I am back and ready to play for this team.”
Putting in the work is good but without an end goal it can become difficult.
Scott said she doesn’t want to rush things adding:”At the minute I am back in the gym and hope to be back in light training in early January with a target of being back in competitive action around late January.
“At this point it’s just understanding how my ankle reacts. Kris (the physio) has been great and we are now planning my recovery and I cannot wait to get started!
“Over the next couple of weeks we are going to really start increasing my training schedule and that should give us a much better idea of where I am and what the likely recovery time will be. I am hoping to be back in time to take part in those important matches we will have at the end of the season as we push towards finishing top of this league.”
Words by Oliver Coultas
Photo: Alex Daniel