Gilks desperate to return
Blackpool keeper Matthew Gilks can not wait to get back into the action as he plots his return from injury.
Last Updated: 24/12/10 1:31pm
Blackpool goalkeeper Matthew Gilks can not wait to get back into the action
as he plots his return from injury.
The shot-stopper suffered a broken kneecap when clearing a routine ball in the goalless stalemate with West Ham last month.
He now hopes to begin his rehab early in the New Year as he tries to dislodge replacement Richard Kingson between the posts.
Gilks told the club's official website: "I'm desperate to get back, I'm fine until a Saturday and then I'm a depressed man watching it all on Soccer Saturday but it's one of them things, it's about me getting through the injury and the rehab and hopefully getting fit to play in the team again.
"At the moment there's been a couple of games that I could've missed but there's been postponements, we showed what a squad we've got at the club because Richard has come in and done extremely well."
As regards a timescale for his return, he added: "It might be a bit over two months, I initially said two months to somebody in the press and then subsequently learned it might be nearer three months but it shouldn't be too long and I don't think it will be quite three months."
When he does get back on the training field, Gilks revealed he will have to alter his technique to avoid a repetition of the injury in future.
He added: "The way I kicked the ball caused the injury so I'll have to do some work with our goalkeeping coach and alter my technique because I don't want this kind of thing to happen again.
"The knee is feeling good, I've got an X-ray on the 5th January and if the bone has healed and knitted together then I can begin my rehab."