Prosser is on comeback trail a year after his knee operation
Yesterday was exactly a year since Colchester United’s club captain, Luke Prosser, underwent an operation on his damaged knee.
Prosser has not played since – his last appearance for the U’s, following his switch from Southend United in the summer of 2016, was in the 2-1 home defeat to Chesterfield in the FA Cup on November 5 (2016).
It has been a hugely frustrating last 12 months for the 29-year-old centre-half, but there is light at end of the tunnel.
Prosser has been helped by the birth of his baby daughter, Blake, which has given him a focus away from football.
And the U’s should hopefully see the big man back in action early in the new year.
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“It’s great to be back, at least putting the boots back on and getting out onto the training pitch,” admitted Prosser, following yesterday’s short session at Florence Park, Tiptree.
Prosser continued: “It’s nice to get some fresh air, after being stuck in the gym for so long!
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“He’s been hard, certainly, but at least the birth of my daughter has enabled me to take my mind off things, and focus on other things when I get home in the evenings.
“It’s exactly a year ago, since I had my first operation. It’s been difficult, especially when each day the boys come out of the changing room and go left onto the pitch, while I turn right to go into the gym.
“I’ve had to take it in stages. I’ve had a couple of setbacks along the way as well, which haven’t been so good.
“But I’m now looking at the end of next month, to finally get some game-time,” added Prosser.
The former Port Vale and Southend defender is far from pain-free at the moment, but that is to be expected after such a major operation.
“I still have a lot of pain in my knee,” continued Prosser.
“But that is not unusual when players have such an operation and are then out for quite a while. However, it’s feeling better overall.
“I spoke to George Elokobi (former U’s centre-half) about it. He said that his knee still do not feel right, six or seven months after his operation, so I feel that I am getting there.
“The pain is to be expected. I suppose physically it will always be there, and I have been taking my time.
“I cannot afford to break down again. Instead, I might have to come in and out of training sessions, to protect the knee.”