Defender speaks as he steps-up rehab…
By Matty Paddock - 20/12/2017
Posted 9 months ago
LEE VAUGHAN has spoken of the “massive step forward” in his rehabilitation after picking up 45 minutes in a friendly match on Tuesday night.
Vaughan joined a handful of young players from the first team in boosting Andy Whing’s U23s as they travelled to Boldmere St Michael’s.
It was the defender’s first taste of match action for the better part of eight months out after breaking his leg near the end of last season.
After a lengthy programme of recovery and rehabilitation, the former Tranmere man played the first half of the contest.
That of course came after Saturday’s game against York City, for which Vaughan was named in the squad for the first time this season He came within seconds of a late substitute cameo, too.
Speaking about the Boldmere game, his relief and excitement was evident.
“It was fantastic to get out there into a game scenario,” he commented.
“As good as the training is at the moment, you can’t replicate a match and I was lucky enough to be able to get involved with Andy Whing and the U23s.
“I had a good 45 minutes at a good tempo, so I’m absolutely over the moon”
Vaughan was keen to keep the comeback appearance in perspective.
After such a lengthy period away from competitive action, he knows it’s unlikely he’ll be immediately thrust into the action of playing 90 minutes a week for the first team.
Instead it’s about picking up more crucial minutes as he builds up match fitness.
“It was fantastic to get out there into a game scenario…” Lee Vaughan
And as he himself admitted, he’ll also have to find some form to get himself into the line-up in any case, such has been the form of his team mates.
“Playing in a game is a massive step forward,” he added.
“You can do all the gym work and all the training, but getting to play a game and come through it with no issues has probably been the biggest hurdle I’ve had.
“I came through it with flying colours but you don’t now expect to walk into the team.
“I have to get some more minutes and then see what I can do… I have to warrant my place.”
Boldmere won Tuesday’s match 1-0. Andre Wright, Dale Eve, Liam Truslove, Kennedy Digie also featured.
Vaughan spoke at length about his nerves going into the game, and his views on the team’s results and performances so far this season as part of an interview for an upcoming match day programme. Keep your eye out for the full article.