Gary Dicker on his injury situationGary Dicker spoke to us last week about his injury frustrations and road back to recovery.
"I'm back outside running with Lee [Fearn], so that's good," he said. "We're doing more on the grass, including some ball work, so it's coming along well. I don't want to put a date on it because if you don't get there it can be disheartening. I'm just looking forward to getting back in full training."
"The injury actually happened in training on a Thursday morning," he explained. "Pottsy [Brad Potts] was taking a shot and I slid in to block it. I got the ball so he ended up kicking me. It wasn't the hardest kick I've ever had and I've taken quite a few on that area in the past. He caught me on the top of the plate I have in there and I knew it was sore straight away, so I crawled off the pitch.
"It took two and a half weeks to get to the bottom of what had happened but I ended up finding out it was a little fracture. That resulted in my plate being removed. I don't think any player likes being injured and I've been quite lucky with injuries through my career, so it is hard. The first thing you concentrate on is getting better."
"I'm a bright character and I like having a joke, so that helps, but I also like being serious when it's time to work. I think you've got to be upbeat in a situation like this. When I actually broke my leg I was out for five months so you do learn how to cope and how to act. The more doom and gloom around the worse it is, so you've got to think positively."
"It did come as a bit of a shock to learn I had a fracture," he admitted. "I've had the plate in my leg for three years so I've taken plenty of kicks on it. The more I tried to do on it this time, the worse it felt, so I was thinking there was something wrong.
"I went to see the specialist and he found a really small fracture above my plate. It wasn't in the same area as the plate, so it was made to feel worse because the plate was rubbing against it and not giving it a chance to heal. As soon as the plate came out it felt good as new, so I'm just glad it was done.
"It was a little bit frustrating that it took a little bit of time to find out what it was, but sometimes x-rays can come back and look fine. I had a CT scan, which was closer to the bone, and that was what showed I had a fracture there."
"When you're working one area so hard you have to be careful not to overwork others, but I do like to push myself and work hard. I don't think anybody likes sitting in the treatment room, especially when you have to listen to Dolly all day!"
"Having said that, I completely accept that Dolly and Lee know more than me about recovery, but they also listen to my opinion," he told us. "If I feel like I need to do more, or if something is sore, I'll let them know. It works in tandem. They guide me, talk to each other and then decide what I need to do. I spoke to the manager as soon as I had the surgery and he told me to take my time and make sure I didn't break down."
"I'm a vocal member of the squad, but that can become difficult because I'm not around the lads all of the time," he commented. "You miss going out to training and you miss going to the away games, even though I do listen to them on the radio.
"I'll see the lads in the gym, or when we're having lunch, but I'm not around them all of the time. I miss playing and training more than anything. I like coming into work and going out to train, so that's the hardest part of all of this. When you're injured you can end up feeling a bit detached from the group.
"I do still give advice after home games. It's a completely different game when you've been watching it. I think you learn more when you take a seat back because you get to look at the bigger picture.
"Sometimes it's good to come out of the firing line and asses things, because you pick things up. I do try to pass things on when we're talking in the dressing room, and I drive in with Steven Rigg and Danny Grainger, so we have some good conversations on a morning."
"I was just getting a run of games before my injury so that's another annoying factor," he admitted. "We were doing alright, even though we did have some iffy results. We were starting to get a more settled side, but you just have to keep looking forward and thinking that when you are in the team you can make a difference.
"There have been games where we had chances and got nothing out of it. The Cambridge home game was a good example of that. I don't think we've won a game like that this season and that has to change.