Preston North End defender Bailey Wright says he is enjoying a new lease of life after a groin injury left him feeling like an ‘old man’.
The Australia international returned to the PNE team for the first time in three months against Norwich City.
Until having an operation in October, Wright had been playing through the discomfort of having tears in both groin muscles.
In the early weeks of the season, the injury was clearly hampering him and the decision was made for him to go under the knife.
Wright told the Evening Post: “I had tears in both of my groins which had been there for a while.
“It got to the point where they wouldn’t heal and I went in for the operation.
“I had what is called abductor release surgery where they give you fresh scar tissue and tidy it all up. It wasn’t the nicest of things – I don’t like needles and operations.
“But it had to be done otherwise I wouldn’t have been playing much football.
“I had the operation done in London by Ernest Schilders who is well known for doing that kind of surgery – I was put in the right hands.”
The injury developed on the back of a busy schedule for Wright which saw him go to the World Cup with Australia after a 51-game season for North End in 2013/14.
The 22-year-old said: “It got to the point where the injury was giving me too much grief.
“I wasn’t running or turning well, I wasn’t really myself at all.
“During half-time I would go back on the pitch early to warm-up or go on the exercise bike in the dressing room.
“Once I sat down at half-time and cooled down, my groins would tighten up.
“I felt like an old man but now I feel much better.”
Meanwhile, Neil Adams resigned as Norwich manager yesterday, less than 48 hours after the Canaries’ FA Cup exit to PNE.
The 2-0 win for North End landed them a home tie with Sheffield United in last night’s fourth round draw.
It means that they will meet the Blades twice in a fortnight – PNE travel to Bramall Lane on Saturday in the league.
United have a good pedigree in the cup competitions of late.
They were FA Cup semi-finalists last season, beaten 5-3 by Hull City at Wembley.
This term, Nigel Clough’s men have reached the last four of the Capital One Cup where they play Tottenham – the two legs come either side of the visit to Deepdale.
Ambassadors have until 5pm today to claim their discount ticket price of £5 for adults and £1 for Under-16s for tomorrow night’s JPT clash with Walsall.