Gilks 'desperate' to return
Pool shot-stopper targeting Fulham clash to make comeback
Last Updated: March 22, 2011 10:00am
Gilks: Looking forward to return
Blackpool goalkeeper Matthew Gilks says he is hungry to return to action as he continues his recovery from injury.
"I've been out since mid-November and I'm absolutely desperate to get back now."
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The 28-year-old, who has been sidelined since November with a broken kneecap, suffered a setback to his rehabilitation last week when he picked up a minor calf knock on his return for the reserves against Chelsea.
Gilks admits his injury troubles have been frustrating after starting the season in fine form for the Seasiders, earning himself a Scotland call-up back in August for the friendlies against Lithuania and Liechtenstein.
He told Blackpool's official website: "I've been out since mid-November and I'm absolutely desperate to get back now.
"It's the same four walls in the gym every day, but I've put in the hard work and I probably pushed it a little bit too hard and that's why I picked up my calf injury against Chelsea last week.
"I was delighted with my form at the start of the season, so it's been disappointing to miss out on so much football and I think this has probably been as good as I've ever played and I've taken to it a lot better than I ever thought I would do."
Gilks has been back in training with Pool for a number of weeks, but says his return has been delayed by a loss of muscle around his injured knee.
The keeper is targeting the Seasiders' first game back after the international break against Fulham to make his long-awaited comeback.
He said: "The knee has been fine for six weeks but it's the muscle around the knee that has needed a lot of work.
"Being a goalkeeper, it's a lot of leg work and I needed to get it back to the strength that it was before, but hopefully I'll be back for the Fulham game."
Gilks says he has been forced to make significant changes to his kicking technique in order to prevent the injury recurring in the future.
"We've had the video analysis out and looked at my kicking from different angles and I've made adjustments to my technique so that it never happens again," he said.
"It's something that I'm going to have to work on daily and definitely over the summer as well so that I'm injury free in the future."