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Jonah: "I Will Use The Positives"

8 September 2017

Crewe Alexandra midfielder James Jones says he is ‘feeling better in himself’ after having an injection to ease the pain in his pelvis. The Scotland Under-21 midfielder has had a difficult summer after breaking down in the summer and then seeing a proposed move to the Championship fall through at the 11th hour.

Jones, who scored 11 goals from midfield last season, has now been able to participate in some ball work for the first time today and that he should be aiming for a return to full training in a few weeks.

Jones told iFollow the Alex: “It has been a difficult summer. I had a hernia operation and was supposed to be back in a few weeks, but then a problem with the pelvis flared up. It is never that simple and it has been frustrating because I wanted to come back in pre-season and hit the ground running.

“I’ve had an operation in the area and I do feel better for it. It has allowed me to push on and I will be able to do a bit of ball work today. Not full on kicking, but it will be nice to do a bit. I am progressing well but it will still be a number of weeks yet.

“It is a question of getting the balance between the strengthening work and rest right. You don’t want to push too hard but you don’t want to over rest it either. I am strengthening the area and I feel that there is light at the end of the tunnel now.”

On his proposed move to a climb in a higher division, Jones says that he used the experienced as a positive because it showed that he enjoyed a good season and that his performances had been noted.

Jones, 21, said: “Of course, I was buzzing to have the interest because that is what you aim for. You know at Crewe that you will get a chance and if you perform well then you might get interest from bigger clubs. That is what you are always working towards.

“I was shocked by it really, because of the injury and they were aware of it. It didn’t happen and it was disappointing because I felt it would have been a good move for me, but I will use it as a positive.

“It is nice to know that clubs higher up the leagues thought I was playing well but you cannot dwell on these things. There is no point feeling sorry for yourself. You have to move on and take the positives from it. “

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