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Romain Vincelot Undergoes Surgery

24 October 2019

Town midfielder has had an operation on his troublesome hip to hopefully remove the pain he has been having in that area.

Romain started the season well, but in recent weeks the pain in his hip area has kept him out of selection. After seeing a specialist, it was agreed that Romain would have groundbreaking surgery on his hip.

Romain has undergone a hip-resurfacing procedure to help cure the constant pain in he has been having. The procedure is essentially one that coats the whole hip joint in metal to alleviate the pain.

The procedure is the same one which tennis player Andy Murray recently underwent, and Romain is using Murray's recovery as a framework to his own rehabilitation.

As the procedure hasn't been done in football, it is hard to put a time scale on the recovery time. Romain will recover in hospital for several days but will then start his rehab, and he aims to be back before the end of the season.

ShrewsWeb spoke to Romain earlier in the week before he underwent the operation.

"Unfortunately I can't carry on as it is now because it has become unbearable", said Romain.

"The good news is that there is a solution and I am really looking forward to it, even though that means a few months without any competitive football.

"Once it is done, I believe I will be back to my full potential and begin to enjoy playing football again."

Romain started the season well, but as the games began to come thick and fast, he began to have pain in his hip. The pain wouldn't go away, so it was decided to seek advice from consultants.

"I was so happy to start the season, and I felt like I really got it", said Romain.

"It was just my hip that started to let me down even though everything else in my body is perfect.

"I'm really excited, and I will feel so good after the operation, it will feel like a new chapter. I didn't want to finish and crawl through the line, I either do things full-throttle or I don't do it.

"I didn't like being able to train a few times and then be on the bench, I didn't like the fact that it was painful when I was warming up so at some point I had to make a decision.

"I know I am 34 next week, but that is just a number, my aim is to play at this level for another four to five years."

Romain has his surgery on Thursday morning and will stay in the hospital for several days. Since learning of the procedure, he has closely been monitoring the progress of Andy Murray.

"It is the same procedure Andy Murray has had, and I have been following him closely recently. Last week he won the Championship, and I thought 'wow'", said Romain.

"I saw his game three weeks ago against Thiem, who is ranked fifth in the world, and it was a very, very good game and then went toe-to-toe.

"Tennis is a lot of acceleration and deceleration, lots of change of direction so I can relate that to football.

"I am happy with the procedure, and the surgeon believes this hasn't been done on a footballer before, but thankfully I have Andy Murray to look at.

"In Andy Murray's interviews, he talks about being pain-free and enjoying playing tennis again, which he wasn't before the surgery.

"I can really relate that to me, for 90 minutes when I was playing I enjoyed it as I was playing, but it was also a fight against pain, and I was exhausted after the game.

"I am like a kid as I know that I will be able to play footy pain-free again."

It is hard to put a specific time frame on recovery, but the advice from the specialist is that if all is well, It takes around six weeks for the bone to heal and then Romain can start his rehabilitation

"It is hard to predict as you never know how the rehabilitation will go, you can be ahead of the timeframe, but as it has not been done in football before there is no timeframe", said Romain.

"I really believe I can be back competing before the end of the season.

"That is what drives me as I really believe that I can still have an impact to help the boys challenge up there.

"It will be frustrating, but it will be good to be around the boys as I love their energy and the banter.

"Very soon, I will be back out there running, and I will use the energy of the boys to help me."

 


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