Clarke begins gruelling recovery
Blackpool's Billy Clarke has started the road to recovery after surgery on a cruciate ligament injury.
Last Updated: 08/09/10 8:13pm
Blackpool striker Billy Clarke has started his long road to recovery after undergoing surgery to repair a cruciate ligament injury.
The 22-year-old Irishman sustained the horrific injury in the Seasiders' first pre-season outing against Tiverton in July.
And, after successful surgery three weeks ago, Clarke is beginning an extensive and gruelling rehabilitation which starts with building muscle up around the knee.
Having not been registered in the 25-man squad by boss Ian Holloway, the former Ipswich youngster knows there is no prospect of first-team football until at least the second half of the season and is in no doubt about the size of the task ahead of him.
"The operation went well according to the surgeon and I'm just on slow rehab at the moment," Clarke told the club's official website.
"I just need to get my leg working and bending and make sure that I don't lose much muscle in my thigh in that area. That's probably the plan for the next eight-to-six weeks.
"You always lose muscle anyway with a lack of activity and I haven't really done anything since I did my cruciate so it will be hard graft to get it back.
"I need to get a full range of movement back in my knee and then hopefully I can start cycling.
"I'll probably be able to start light jogging after that."