Charlton Athletic player Rhoys Wiggins writes for the KM Group
Last Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to
Crystal Palace wasn’t what we wanted at all but I had a small
reason for encouragement after playing my first competitive game
It’s hard to have any positives at all
after being beaten and that’s even more true when it’s at the hands
of one of your rivals but I can’t ignore how good it was to get out
on the pitch for the first team again.
It’s been a long road since I
fractured several metatarsals in my foot more than four months ago,
co-incidentally against Palace.
We thought things were on track in
November when I started running again but I was still getting some
pain so our physio Erol (Umut) sent me for another scan and it
showed there was still a bit of fluid around the bone.
It was a setback and meant that I had
to put back on the protective recovery boot that I had only just
taken off – and that doesn’t go with anything that you wear!
But my foot has been fine in a few
recent reserve friendly and U21 matches that I’ve played and it
felt great to get back out there at Selhurst Park, which is where I
started my career. With that and the fact that I suffered the
injury against Palace, I seemed to have come full circle.
This season has been markedly
different to last season, when I only missed one league game.
I’ve only managed six games so far
this season but I can give it a good go in the back end of the
One player I saw a lot of in the
treatment room is Andy Hughes and it was great to see him play his
first match of any kind for about a year on Tuesday.
It was only a private match at the
training ground against Millwall but it will have meant the world
to him after his problems with his Achilles.
Anyone who knows Hughesy will tell you
what a great character he is and he’s fantastic to have around the
squad. I benefited having him working alongside me when I was
He kept my spirits up and everyone at
the club is delighted to see him finally making some progress.
Next up for us on Saturday is Birmingham City at The Valley and
after two defeats to follow two wins, we know we want to get three
points on the board again.
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