DONCASTER Rovers’ defender Adam Lockwood is a man on the run.
The 29-year-old centre-back is back running at the club’s Cantley Park training ground after being given the all-clear by his specialist to step up his rehabilitation programme.
“It’s been a long road back but I knew it would be when I had the operation six months ago,” said Lockwood.
“I’ve been doing it for a couple of weeks now and I’m trying to get back up to speed.
“It felt strange at first because it had been a long time since I did any running but I’d done a lot of things to help me be ready for it.”
Lockwood, who has been at the club since the summer of 2006, has also been kicking a ball for the first time since the complex knee surgery and is ahead of schedule.
“Every time you do something new when you’ve been out a long time it’s a test,” he said, “But, touch wood, I’ve had no adverse reaction.
“I’ve not set a comeback date as such; I’m just taking it one hurdle at a time. I’ve got to get back in full training first.
“I feel okay and I’m pleased with how things are going but until you get back in full training you can’t get your fitness levels up where you need them to be in order to get back playing.
Lockwood trains with Billy Sharp and Paul Keegan - also on the comeback trail - as well as doing specific exercises in relation to his own rehab programme.
“I’ve been doing bits of everything including short runs to try and build my sharpness up,” he told The Star,
“It’s been frustrating not playing; it always is. As a professional footballer you want to be playing all the time, so it is frustrating particularly when the team has been struggling to pick up points.
“But’s that football; that’s why everybody likes it. You never know what is going to happen and you’ve just got to keep going and keep working on what you believe.
“Obviously we’ve got work to do because it’s a very tough league and points are hard to come by and we’ve got to make sure that every game we play that we are ready and prepared as possible.
“We’ve got two home games coming up and we’ve got to be looking to pick up something from those, but we’ve also got to be looking at picking up points from every game.”