Billy Paynter has revealed that the Club’s medical staff are having to keep the reins on him as he looks to return to fitness as quickly as possible in the New Year.
The skipper has been out of action since the start of November when he was forced off with an Achilles problem towards the end of the first half in our FA Cup win over Cheltenham Town.
Further investigations showed a small tear in the Achilles and the prognosis was that the front man would be sidelined until at least the end of February.
However, the 31-year-old is already straining at the leash for a return and is crossing his fingers that things go smoothly during the rest of his rehabilitation.
“I’m desperate to be out there with the lads and trying to help out,” Paynter wrote in his Programme column for the postponed game against Notts County on Boxing Day.
“I just want to be back on the training pitch and doing my bit in games but it’s obviously important I don’t rush back too soon.
“Buster (the Club Physio) is holding the reins on me at the moment. I keep telling him that I have a particular game in mind for a comeback and he keeps telling me it’s too early!
“But the way I see it is that you have to keep you mind positive and then your body will react to that so that’s what I will keep doing.
“To be honest, I was telling people before the FA Cup draw for Round Three that if we got through and drew Everton I would have been out there playing in my moon boot – there’d have been nobody stopping me!”
It’s been an unusual festive period for Pools this year with the Boxing Day game falling foul of the weather and Bank Holiday Monday’s trip to Carlisle United also postponed due to flooding,
But the skipper reckons the little gap in action could prove to be a blessing for Pools in the long run as the players look to find their best form going in to the New Year.
“It’s usually said that it’s busy over Christmas but obviously that’s not been the case.
“However, I’m pretty sure that that the little gap in fixtures will be beneficial to the lads – let’s hope they don’t have too much Christmas Dinner or anything and we can come out flying in 2016!”