Skipper's Injury a Frustration but 2022 has Amazing Potential
Derby County Women’s Skipper Hannah Ward is hoping to be back in action in the New Year after a frustrating period on the sidelines with a niggling ankle injury.
The long-serving defender has been lucky over the years with few Injuries but after she was forced to leave the League Cup tie with Burton Albion in the opening 10 minutes, back in November, the defender has had to start the journey to slowly building back to fitness.
Ward said “When you’ve not had many injuries over the years, when you get one, dealing with the frustration of not being able to get over it quickly and get back to action, is a bit alien to me.
“The injury is a bit of a mouthful to be honest, its to my Anterior Inferior Tibiofibular Ligament that I’ve hurt. Its’s been quite a strange injury, something I’ve not come across before and I’ve struggled to put weight on the foot at times.
“It’s getting stronger each time we rehab it but a lot of it is about rest and then strengthening it. I’ve been building it up with the physio and I’m hoping that I can be back in full training in early to mid January. Then it will be just about getting back to match fitness.”
Since being on the sidelines, the Skipper has continued to help encourage her teammates with her presence at games and has high hopes that their excellent 2021 will continue into the New Year.
“Personally, If I can’t be playing, I’m pretty good at sitting on the sidelines and watching football. I know some don’t like to watch if they can’t be playing but I’m OK with it and hopefully by being at matches, I can help influence anything as the Skipper and playing my part.
“The new year has the potential to be outstanding for us but we know that we have to go into it with the mindset of working hard to achieve our goals and not drop needless points because we know that over our shoulders, teams are bunching up to take over.
“We’re very lucky that we have a good set of characters across the squad and if we drop our standards, we have a number of us that will be right there to raise them back up.
“I’m excited for the rest of the season, Its such a good time for us on the pitch at the moment. Off the pitch, we can’t control anything that is going on but as a club, we have battened down the hatches and we’re all in this together!”
Sunday’s match with Middlesbrough Women is a 2pm Kick-Off at Billingham Town FC. Tickets for the fixture can be purchased here: https://middlesbroughwomen.bigcartel.com/product/match-ticket-middlesbrough-women-vs-derby-county-ladies