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Rio Adebisi aims to make up for lost time after injury torment

16 September 2022

Rio Adebisi is determined to make up for lost time after nine months on the sidelines.

The 21-year-old has been out of action since December due to a foot injury which proved to be more complicated than first expected.

He underwent surgery in March and it has been a long road back to full fitness for the homegrown defender.

Now Adebisi is back in the first-team set-up and intent on making an impact this season.

He said: “I’m buzzing to be involved again. It’s been a long time, but it’s good to be back with the boys and hopefully I can help them now for the rest of the season.

“Mentally it has been tough. I’d been playing with pain for a few games, but when I stopped, I thought it would just be a few weeks out.

“I actually asked the physios if I could continue to manage it for a bit longer, but they warned me it could get a lot worse. I had to consider the long-term and my whole career, so I had to get it sorted.  

“The original plan was to have two months of rest to see if it healed, but it didn’t so I had to have surgery.

“They put pins in and moved an artery and stuff. It was a complex injury and that’s why I’ve been out for a long time. 

“I took every day by itself, and tried to ‘win’ each day as a way of getting through it.”

Adebisi, who has made 46 appearances for The Railwaymen, was an unused substitute in the 1-1 draw at Hartlepool United in midweek.

Now he is hoping to get to some match action, and push to reclaim his starting place in the team.

He added: “I haven’t played any minutes of football since December, so I’m hoping I can get some U21 minutes under my belt and then get back in the first team as soon as I can.

“I can’t wait to be back on the pitch and play football again. I want to get out there and show the fans what I can do.


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