Derby County midfielder Max Bird discusses his return from injury in the League One match against Blackpool. Derby County midfielder Max Bird “loved” returning to the pitch against Blackpool after missing six and a half weeks due to injury.
The 23-year-old was a surprise name on the teamsheet when he started at Bloomfield Road over the weekend after missing time with an ankle injury. Derby won 3-1, with Bird appearing for 70 minutes before being replaced by Conor Hourihane.
“It was a return and a victory for the Derby midfielder, who is now looking to kick on after returning ahead of schedule.” “I loved it,” Bird said, according to RamsTV.
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“It took a long time, but I kept my head down, worked hard in rehabilitation, and returned a couple of weeks early.” I’m overjoyed to be back out there with the boys. It was a significant victory for us, and we hope to build on it.
“It wasn’t a surprise (to start) but if you’re out for six and a half weeks it probably wasn’t expected if you get me? I’m ready to play whenever and when the gaffer asked me how long I could play, I said 90 minutes, obviously. It’s good to be back out there and I’m ready now when called upon.
It was an early return for Bird, but it was one he was ready for after working hard once he had gotten over the difficult timing of his injury. “I was told between six and eight weeks, which I think was to try and lift me from when the injury happened,” he said.
“It came at a difficult time too so early in the season as I was feeling good and moving well. The gaffer gave me a week off to clear my head but then I came back and attacked my rehabilitation work. I’m still going with parts of that now to strengthen my ankle to where it needs to be.
“When it happened, I spoke with the doctor, and he told me it was a bad injury, but it could have been much worse.” They feared I had shattered my leg due to the discomfort, but doctor indicated that if I hadn’t done everything in pre-season and worked hard, my ankle would have been in a worse state and wouldn’t have been as recoverable as it was. I took the positives and looked at it in a different light.”