Barkley keeps his focus

Fly-half takes it one step at a time on long road to recovery

Last Updated: 01/06/11 4:48pm

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Barkley: The Bath back is taking it one step at a time as he returns from a double leg fracture

Barkley: The Bath back is taking it one step at a time as he returns from a double leg fracture

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Bath back Olly Barkley is taking it one step at a time on his road to recovery from his double leg fracture three months ago.

The 29-year-old fly-half fractured both his tibia and fibula bones in a freak collision with teammate Butch James during Bath's Aviva Premiership defeat to his former club Gloucester.

While the England international has now dispensed with his crutches, he accepts there is still a long way to go in his bid to return and he is taking it one stage at a time.

He said: "I had a rehab block in Italy, where I got two weeks' rehab in one, and I did a bit of heavy leg pressing today, although I think I bit off more than I could chew.

Slowly

"my crutches have gone and I'm going on holiday on Sunday, hopefully pain-free. I'm getting there slowly."
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"But my crutches have gone and I'm going on holiday on Sunday, hopefully pain-free. I'm getting there slowly.

"I honestly don't look further than a week or two ahead.

"I restructure my weights programme every four weeks and my rehab every two weeks. I'll do those blocks, then move on to the next one and see how it goes.

"I've obviously got a weakness in my fibula now, with two calluses growing over the breaks. I've got time now to strengthen it up. I will see what happens."

Charity work

Barkley has thrown himself into organising his Eletrik3 rugby academy, raising funds for his chosen charity, the National Association for Children of Alcoholics.

Bath rugby director Sir Ian McGeechan and England squad members Chris Ashton, Matt Banahan and Luke Narraway are among those who have offered their services over three days in Bristol from July 22-24.

Barkley, who has won 23 caps, added: "You can be at home and thinking an awful lot about how long the (recovery from) injury might take, or how good or bad you might be when you come back.

"Those times when I might have thought about that have been taken up with press launches or sorting out kit, all the things I'm not used to."

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