Broughty Athletic goalkeeper John Sinclair has returned to full training at the club following his recent broken ankle injury he received during a local friendly match back in early November 2016.

Our website team say down with 18yr old John, pictured below during a warm up at Whitton Park, and asked about his injury and his rehabilitation process to get him back training at the club. Read below what he had to say…

“I remember, during the friendly game against Dundee Violet at the GA Arena, that our defender Barry Myles had the ball and he played the ball across the box. A Violet player managed to intercept the pass and cut inside where he shot to my right hand corner. I started to move my body to make the save but my foot got stuck in the Astroturf as I made the save. I didn’t realise I broke had broken it at the time as I got up, carried on and defended a corner. Eventually I crumbled and had to come off the park. The physios then took over whilst the ambulance was called. Mark Murray, our club goalkeeper coach, helped me at the game whilst I was down injured and also travelled to the hospital with me and stayed until I was released to go home four hours later, so I can’t thank him enough for that.

I was out of action for three months before I could start my rehabilitation to regain my fitness. I was given an exercise booklet with a number of exercises on how to strengthen up my ankle. Whilst doing that I was told to complete water-based rehabilitation sessions in the swimming pool. Once my ankle was strong enough I was able to start back on the training pitch, which was great. The training started off being purely running but then built up to include different types of movement, all designed to build my fitness back up. Once I did a few weeks on that Mark gradually brought me back into goalkeeper specific training, which I was missed the most.

I am now fully 100% fit and ready to keep pushing Iain Ross for the number one jersey. Hopefully, I’ll be re-signing for the club in the near future which would be great as it’s a great club to be at and involved with…”

The main photo above is of John making his only Super League appearance this season in the 4-0 loss away to Bonnyrigg Rose late August 2016.