Duo step up their progressThe O’s have been without the service of striker Paul McCallum and midfielder Dean Cox for some time now with knee ligament injuries, and here is an update on how the duo are getting on in their rehabilitation.
McCallum had started the season for Orient in good form and scored three goals in nine games up until being forced off in the 1-1 draw with Northampton Town on September 26, having only just come on as a substitute.
Following scans, it was confirmed that the striker had suffered cruciate ligament damage and was ruled out for at least six months.
But the striker is now almost four months into his recovery, and here is how the former West Ham man is getting on.
“I am 14 weeks in so I have just started on the AlterG which is a treadmill that takes your body weight off so I have been running at 70 per cent body weight which feels weird when you get off and starting walking with your full body weight,” he told Orient PlayerHD.
“I have still got a few weeks on that before I am running on the grass but that is a good motivation to keep me going.
“As long as everything goes well I could possibly be back before the end of the season for the last few games. It’s one of those things and there is a 30 per cent chance of redoing the injury after six months, whereas if you wait nine months there is less chance.
"It all depends on how I am feeling and what Peter Webb the physio thinks. The decision will then be made based on that."
Cox, much like McCallum had enjoyed a good start to the campaign and won the League Two Player of the Month award for August.
The midfielder had provided seven assists and five goals inside 16 games for the O’s before planting his foot awkwardly while training, and scans revealed the extent of the damage as he suffered the same fate as McCallum.
“My injury occurred a little while after Paul’s but I have got back and started squatting, put in a lot of bike work and I will be doing that for a fair few weeks,” he said.
“I will hit where Paul is now come the end of March. It’s going well but it’s a bit stressful.
“We are in early doors doing things that you sometimes take for granted, such as walking. I have just started to walk properly without limping so it is a gradual process. Paul may be a bit ahead of me but it is nice to see him doing the things he is doing now.
“Pete has been pushing us hard and you need someone there to be doing that as some days you do lose concentration and can’t be bothered because you are so drained about doing the same things for such a long time.
"He is there to motivate us, takes us down the gym, gets in the pool and is very hands on. He is with you and separates his time between Paul and me.
“It is always nice to have so many messages and I would like to thank all the fans for the support they have shown me since I picked up the injury and hopefully I come back stronger than ever.”
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