Wreham’s main player was away for longer than expected, but he is now back in action with the team again

Jordan Tunnicliffe experienced an unexpectedly prolonged absence due to health issues but he’s determined to focus on the future and is eager to contribute to the team for the remainder of the season.

Tunnicliffe’s back problem caused him to miss the final five games of the 2022-23 season when Wrexham secured the National League title. Furthermore, he was sidelined during the team’s return to the Football League due to a calf injury sustained in pre-season.

Wrexham’s manager, Phil Parkinson, took a cautious approach to Tunnicliffe’s return, allowing him to gradually regain fitness through two starts in the EFL Trophy and several substitute appearances in League Two.

In the absence of Aaron Hayden, Tunnicliffe made his first league start of the season in a 1-1 draw with Bradford City, and he is understandably thrilled to be back on the pitch.

Wrexham's Jordan Tunnicliffe to miss start of League Two season through  injury - The Athletic

Reflecting on his journey, Tunnicliffe stated, “It has been more challenging and time-consuming than I initially thought.” He continued to impress by contributing to a 2-1 home victory against Sutton United on Tuesday night, leaving Wrexham in the third position in League Two.

Tunnicliffe explained, “I played in the Halifax game and trained the day before the Notts County game. I went home and my back gave out, not from playing against Halifax, it just happened randomly. I couldn’t do anything about it. I did everything I could to return, but back injuries are tricky. I pushed myself for the American trip, but my back still wasn’t right, and I ended up with a calf strain. That was a setback. I’ve been making steady progress, and I was delighted to be back in action against Bradford.”

He further stated, “I’m in good shape now and excited to be back playing football. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Tunnicliffe had to watch from the sidelines as Wrexham’s historic season culminated in automatic promotion and a return to the EFL after a 15-year absence. Despite the disappointment of not being able to contribute during the crucial period, he emphasized the significance of the team’s success, saying, “It was disappointing, but I supported the team. I wanted us to achieve promotion. If someone had told me that I couldn’t play in the final five games but we would secure promotion, I would have eagerly accepted the offer. In the end, we achieved our goal, so I’m thrilled.”

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