Prosser is on comeback trail a year after his knee operation

Walking wounded: U's players Luke Prosser, left, and Lewis Kinsella pictured at Stevenage on New Yea

Walking wounded: U's players Luke Prosser, left, and Lewis Kinsella pictured at Stevenage on New Year's Eve. Prosser is slowly getting back to fitness folowing two operations on his knee. Kinsella returned to the squad last spring. Picture: PAGEPIX

Yesterday was exactly a year since Colchester United’s club captain, Luke Prosser, underwent an operation on his damaged knee.

U's club captain, Luke Prosser. Picture: PAGEPIX

U's club captain, Luke Prosser. Picture: PAGEPIX

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.”

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