It has been a far from ideal start to the season for Havant & Waterlooville’s skipper Brian Stock. After coming off in a pre-season friendly against Portsmouth at Westleigh Park he managed a handful of appearances this season with the last of those being against Welling United almost a month ago. In an exclusive interview the Hawks skipper talks about how he has undergone an operation and how he is eager to put the Hawks jersey back on.
The injury was one occurred in a training session prior to facing Hayes & Yeading United in the FA Cup third qualifying round and the second he felt his knee go, he knew that he “had done some sort of damage”. He told me in an interview on Sunday night that he was “warming up in training when I landed awkwardly and knew straight away that I had done some kind of damage, it was a case of how bad!”
The damage which was so great that he would have to undergo an operation. “The specialist said I had a medial tear and that it was a good scenario considering if it was an Anterior Cruciate it would have been season over. So, in a way I was relieved that it would be 6-8 weeks instead.”
And despite the initial setback and devastation, the Hawks skipper is more than determined to make a comeback. “I was obviously devastated but I am a positive person and have always worked hard to recover from injuries and this will be no different. I will come back stronger than before.”
And it is that determination which will stand “Stocky” in good stead as he waits to sit it out on the sidelines for the time being as he continues his road to recovery after a light let off.