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Inside Story: Callum Wilson on the recovery, the return and his relationship with Stoke fans

Posted: Fri 12 Feb 2016

Obviously the last time we faced Stoke was the game I got injured. I remember the Stoke fans booing me and although I don’t hold any grudges, I will keep it in mind for the next time I play them!

Going into that game I was in a bit of form and remember really looking forward to it. I saw it as a good opportunity to add to my tally for the season and to get another three points on the board.

The first time I came off, I wanted to go straight back on. Having never suffered a serious knee injury I was oblivious to the extent of it, but I soon realised when I started running and turning again.
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After the game it was just a case of waiting to see how long I would be out for. Unfortunately it wasn’t the news I wanted to hear, but I knew it was just a case of getting on with the hard work.

Watching the first few games after my injury were hard. I was so used to playing every week that I was sat right on the edge of my seat – I felt like I was meant to be out there.

As time has gone on I’ve started to relax a bit more, but I am still the worst person to watch games with. I am always analysing and saying how I think things should be done. I must sound like I am Ronaldo from the stands!

If I am honest, the whole recovery has felt a lot quicker than I thought it would. It’s daunting when they say it’s going to be 6-9 months, but it shoots by.

I’ve had good lads and good family around me; people like Tommy, who is very positive, going through the same thing and now coming out the other side, has really helped. Although you don’t want your teammates in the physio room, it is good to have upbeat characters in there. 
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The Pavilion has also really helped. The new facilities like the Hydro Pool have allowed me to kick on with things faster. Running in there you are only on 50% of your bodyweight, so it doesn’t put so much pressure on your knee. That gave me a solid basis of movement before I went back outside. 

Being in The Pavilion can have its downsides, though. I have to make sure that I am not around for the pre-match meetings and things like that because I don’t want to disappoint myself by seeing who I could have been coming up against.

That said, it’s great to see the boys doing so well without you because you know that when you do come back you can just add to what they are already doing. It’s also been really positive to see the new faces settle in and add some goals for us - hopefully that can continue against Stoke.
To read the rest of Callum Wilson's Inside Story, supporters can download or pick up a copy of Matchday ahead of the Stoke City game.

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