Luke to keep playing through the pain barrier
Luke Summerfield has vowed to play through the pain barrier and do all he can to lead Shrewsbury Town away from the wrong end of the League One table.
The midfielder, who turns 25 today, is ready to battle through the onset of a hernia problem although the former Cheltenham man admits he's experiencing some discomfort.
"I'm struggling on," said Luke. "It's the first time I've had anything like this since I started playing football so it's a horrible new experience for me and I'm not enjoying it much at the moment, but I'm managing it as best as I can with the physios and seeing how well I can recover from it when I do things.
"I've got to learn from how my body reacts to training and games and hopefully I'll be better sooner rather than later.
"It's only the last couple of days I've been doing anything strenuous. I didn't do anything at RAF Shawbury so the last few days as soon as I've finished training it's been very painful, sore, aching.
"Before training it's not the most comfortable but getting through training is okay once I get going, but as soon as I finish training it's sore. It's something I've got to get on with, knuckle down with and get through it."
Luke, who has been a consistent performer for Shrewsbury this season, added: "I've been told everybody's hernias are different but I'm going to try and battle on as long as I can and hopefully I'll last until the end of the season.
"You never know with these type of injuries, it could get worse, but touch wood it could get better. I'm doing a lot of work before and after training to try and strengthen that area."
"Hopefully I'll be able to plough through and keep playing."