JAKE Ash says it will be a “special moment” when he takes the field again for Truro City after more than six months out with injury.
The 30-year-old club skipper has not played since September 3, missing 31 league and cup games, after suffering Osteitis pubis which causes inflammation of the pelvis.
It has been a long, hard road back for the talismanic Ash, who has played 307 games for the club, scoring 56 goals.
But last Saturday he was fit enough to take his place on the bench at St Albans City, though he did not get on and is hoping to be involved in Saturday’s home game against St Neots Town (3pm) and Monday’s trip to Redditch United.
“I just can’t wait to get back on the pitch,” he said.
“That has been a massive motivation for me through the hard times. To hear Tom Trust (City’s announcer) call out my name when I come on will be a fantastic high.
“The club and football has been such a big part of my life and I have really missed it.
“While I have been at virtually every game, it is just not the same as playing.”
In a bid to clear up the problem, Ash travelled to Dublin just before Christmas to visit Dr Andy Franklin-Miller, one of the world’s leading specialists in his type of injury.
And since then, six days a week, he has been following a special rehabilitation programme for an hour a day.
He added: “It has been a long, slow process, but in the last two weeks it has progressed quickly. There is still the odd bit of pain, but it is so much better. Obviously I am not match fit yet, but I hope to help out the lads for the rest of the season and then really kick on next season.”
Ash was also full of praise for the support he had received from everyone, including manager Steve Massey, his fellow players and the supporters.
He said: “It is the worst feeling in the world and you do get depressed, but Steve and the boys have been brilliant. They have kept me sane. The fans have been awesome as well and I just want to repay their support now.”
City will be hoping to make it four Calor League premier division wins on the bounce against St Neots as they target a top half finish.