Brown speaks about how his recovery is going
Shrewsbury Town defender Junior Brown is looking to come back stronger than ever as he continues his recovery from a serious cruciate knee ligament injury.
Brown suffered the injury against Fleetwood Town back in October and is now over three months into his rehab.
Junior has been working closely with Chris Skitt and the medical staff since suffering the injury and he is pleased with the progress so far.
“It’s been good and I’m ahead of schedule I think”, Brown told ShrewsWeb.
“It’s been tough not being able to be involved in training and the day to day things that I was doing when I was fit. I’ve been in the gym looking out of the window like a little kid, seeing the lads training, wanting to be part of it, but not being able to be part of it.
“It’s been difficult but I’m focussed on the task at hand still and I’ve got a good physio team, Skitty especially, getting me through it and coming up with different ways to keep me entertained, so I’m looking forward to the next couple of months and where we go from here.”
Brown admits that mentally, as much as physically, the injury has been demanding, but he has impressed himself by how well he has dealt with the blow.
“I’ve always been quite good at forgetting about things and moving on”, said Junior.
“I’ve been out now for two or three months and the progress has been remarkable in terms of physically and mentally.
“I’ve been frustrated at times because I want to do more than I perhaps should be doing, I want to push myself that little bit too far sometimes and the staff have to reign me in a bit, but I think that’s to my own personal benefit.
“Mentally it’s been tough but nothing I wasn’t prepared for, nothing that I wasn’t up for and I think as a person, development wise, it’s rounded me off as a better person.
“I think when I come back and I look at this period as a whole, it will be something to look back on and say that it changed me as an individual and helped motivate me and made me into a better person.”
Junior is now nearing the halfway stage of his rehab and he has his eyes set on fulfilling short term goals.
“I want to get fit as quickly as possible, obviously, but I want to keep working and get my body into the best shape it’s been in physically”, Brown said.
“It’s going to be demanding going back into it after such a long period out, but I want to get my body into a position where I come back stronger than I was before and I’m ready to go for the next season.
“You have your little goals that you set with the physio department and then your own mentally that you set. Those are the little goals that you make and every time you achieve one you feel that little bit better and that little bit closer to being back fit and close to where you were.”