Louise Magilton is delighted to be back training after suffering a serious knee injury so early in to her Forfar Farmington career.
The 24 year old was stretchered off against Hibernian back in April and after initially being told she had fractured her patella, she had actually suffered a transient dislocation of the knee with ligament and cartilage tears.
Former Cumbernauld Colts midfielder Magilton admits that although it is good to be back on a pitch, she knows she will have to be patient before she is fully fit.
She said: “It’s great to be back after a frustrating three or four months and although I am easing back in gently, I am just happy to be exercising again. I only started running several weeks ago and was able to get involved with the ball this past week so I still have to be patient while I get fitness back and gain the strength and confidence in my knee to get back to match fitness.”
Magilton’s injury occurred when she attempted to turn to chase the ball early in the second half; the winter signing confessing she wished it was a game changing tackle as opposed to the “embarrassing” nature of the incident.
“I wish it was a game-changing tackle, but I was running backwards without the ball or any players near me and tried to turn and change direction. Unfortunately my studs caught in the ground and then on my lace and my knee twisted, so it was just a bit of a freak accident!”
The midfielder returned to football in late 2015 following a period out of the game and while she had only joined the club a couple of months prior to the injury, Magilton hopes she had impressed her coaches and new teammates.
“Although it was only four games into the season, I had been training and had played several friendlies with the club so thankfully I do feel like I had some time to impress the coaches and teammates; hopefully enough that they will give me their time and patience while I work back to fitness and try and fight back into a place in the team for the remainder of the season.”
She continued: “Unfortunately it was bad timing but there isn’t really a good time to get an injury as such. We had several big games against top sides coming up that we were working towards so it was hard to have to sit at the side in a splint and crutches.”
The former Scottish youth internationalist spoke of her frustration at having to watch from the sidelines; not just because of her injury but she believes the side are not getting the results they deserve.
She said: “It’s very frustrating to have to watch from the stand- especially because before the injury I really felt I was getting fit and in a position to contribute. I see the girls working hard at training and putting in a lot of commitment so that’s also frustrating to see things not going our way on a Sunday.”
“The hard work will pay off and results will come – unfortunately this is now a very tough and competitive league so there are no easy games! But all the coaching staff and players are working extremely hard to improve the results. I think it shows how far Scottish women’s football has come.”
Farmington return to league action this Sunday following the summer break when they travel to face league leaders Glasgow City at New Broomfield and Magilton feels it would be ambitious to have hopes of playing any part in that fixture.
“I do feel playing in that game would be ambitious – although my knee is feeling strong I think I need more time to improve my fitness and that comes with my own hard work at training and outside of training. It is great to be back involved in the squad as this keeps my motivation to get back to fitness high.”
“I am excited at being back and aim to become involved in competitive games in the next couple of weeks if I can convince the coaching staff that I deserve some playing time but I have lots of hard work to do before then.”