Irvine Meadow ace Ben Carson prepared to come back again one other participant after an harm

Ben Carson began to wonder if it was all worth it when his battle with injury hit a wall.

The Irvine Meadow midfielder knew his ankle was bad – he just hadn’t realized how bad it was.

Doctors revealed the true extent of his problem – a broken and dislocated ankle with four broken ligaments.

But Carson never thought the road to recovery would be so rocky.

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He would continue his rehab 16 months after trapping his studs in the artificial turf at Clydebanks Holm Park.

However, this week Carson insisted that he is ready to leave his injury problems behind and return to another player.

He aims to return to full fitness by the summer – but does not completely rule out squeezing in a game or before the end of the season.

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“I’m usually a pretty chirping guy, but there were definitely times when the injury brought me down,” said Carson, opening up to his injury problems.

“I remember my ankle giving me a lot of gyp not long after I locked down last year. I started to think I might be having a real hard time getting fit.

“I tried hard and it got to a point where I thought, ‘I’m 30 now, is it all worth it? ‘Could I have bigger problems if I force myself to play again?

Ben Carson

“Fortunately, I’m fine now. I managed to get back to training with the guys before shutting down, and I’ve been doing the team’s zoom fitness sessions ever since.

“I got out of my first full 5K run on Monday evening and it went well. I still get a bit of stiffness and pain in my ankle after the workout, but it’s so much better than it was.

“I may have to adjust my game when I get back. I don’t think I can float around like I used to.

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But I like to think that there is more to my game anyway.

“I think the way the managers want us to play, there is room in midfield for a ball player.

“I’ve played this role for Ardrossan in the past and I really enjoyed it.

“What I’m not going to do is betray myself. If I thought I wasn’t able to get to a fitness level that I’m happy with, I wouldn’t be coming back.

Carson says he needs to adjust his game

“I think I am aiming for summer as a realistic time to be back.

“The best case scenario would be to play before the end of the season, but I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself.”

Ironically, lockdown had a positive effect on Carson’s mindset when he finally decided to continue his rehab.

He added, “I’ve been working through bans almost continuously, but no soccer practice or soccer game has changed my routine.

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“I have to spend a lot more time with my wife Jennifer and our son Kai.

“I could take the little man’s training and relax with him on weekends, which I never really could in the past.

“100 percent everything that helped me when it was difficult.”

Carson also insists he must thank Medda’s fitness trainer Mark Bellew for keeping him motivated.

Carson resumed light training before the last football shutdown

He added, “Mark has been absolutely brilliant with me. It’s very well read and offers a lot of insight into what I should and shouldn’t do.

“Without him I wouldn’t have come as far as I did.”

The sight of long-time injured teammates Graham Boyd and Rhys Devlin fighting their own battles has also served as an incentive.

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“You look at someone like Boydy who hasn’t been there for three years but has never given up,” Carson said.

“Rhys also had a nightmare with a knee injury, so that’ll give you a little boost too when you see these guys getting on with things.”

They say it’s hard to keep a good man down, so maybe it’s no surprise that Carson has still found a way to become a Medda Park regular this season.

Carson says he needs to adjust his game

He has proven to be a huge hit with fans in his new role as co-commentator / expert on the live streaming of the club’s home games – although some of his teammates were less enthusiastic about his stints behind the mic.

“It was great fun,” said Carson, who will turn 31 in May.

“Actually, it was Mark who suggested it to me, and I took the chance.

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“It meant I could still be there on match days and feel part of things again.

“I’ve seen games on YouTube at our level, but I turned them off after five minutes because nobody was talking. It’s a little boring.

“I’ve been taking notes on opponents so I’m prepared for a Saturday.

“I got a bit of stick from some players – mostly from guys whom I rightly slagged for being lazy!

“I told them if they were rubbish I will say they were rubbish!”

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