Ryan Shawcross admits it’s been tough mentally having to cope with his worst season at Stoke City for injuries.
The Stoke skipper has only played two-and-a-bit games after breaking his leg in pre-season and then aborting two comebacks in December because of groin and knee injuries.
In an interview with this Saturday’s matchday magazine, Shawcross also repeats the fear he once had that his career might even have been ended by the initial injury against Leicester back in July.
“It’s been difficult, mainly the mental side of things,” says the giant centre half.
Obviously I haven’t been playing, but when I initially broke my leg I wasn’t sure first of all if I would play again and then the initial talk was me not playing all season,” Shawcross told the matchday programme.
“There has been a lot of frustration around the injuries; I personally thought I was going to be out for the rest of the season so for me to have played even a couple of games is quite a success for myself.
“I want to finish the season strong, but after such a serious injury there is always going to be difficulties and that seems to be what’s happened, but hopefully I can get on with it now and start playing some games.”
His latest comeback began on Monday night when he played the first half of an under-23 league game against Manchester United.
He suffered a collision on his knee shortly before half-time, but is not thought to be any the worst for it.