'Rhino' begins charge back to action with Lynn
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn's bionic man Mark Peters is already targeting a Blue Square North comeback from his recent broken leg injury. The 36-year-old centre back is 'two to three' weeks away from pushing for a recall despite only breaking his right tibia against Farsley Celtic last month.
King's Lynn's bionic man Mark Peters is already targeting a Blue Square North comeback from his recent broken leg injury.
The 36-year-old centre back is 'two to three' weeks away from pushing for a recall despite only breaking his right tibia against Farsley Celtic last month.
Peters initially feared he had suffered cruciate knee ligament damage after limping out of Lynn's 4-1 home defeat, before medical scans confirmed a break.
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The teak tough former Man City trainee had previously battled back from one career-threatening triple leg fracture to make more than 250 Football League appearances.
“The surgeon said my cruciates are strong as rocks,” said the man nicknamed 'Rhino'. “I'm already two weeks into my recovery so hopefully it should only be another two or three. I had a triple fracture of the tib and fib when I was about 25 - similar to the injury David Busst had for Coventry. They inserted a metal pin in it and I was out for about a year. I still get aches and pains but apart from the normal wear and tear I've managed to play on for 12 years or so.
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“It's frustrating because I'd played in every game from the start of this season and it was my intention to play in as many as I can. That is still the case.”
Peters only sought medical advice after admitting defeat in his fitness bid.
“I went up for a challenge in the Farsley game and landed awkwardly,” he said. “I felt a lot of pain straight away which is always a bad sign but after the game the x-ray didn't show up anything - although that's not unusual with all the fluid around the area.
“I went running on it to try and be fit for Tamworth on the Tuesday but I told the gaffer it wasn't right. I was sure I'd be ready for Kidderminster but on the Friday before it was still not right so I knew it obviously needed looking at. I managed to get a scan done quickly which showed a fracture at the top of my tib and damage to the lateral ligaments. I'm glad in a way that I've gone down that route now because it showed up everything.”
The ex-Cambridge United captain admits he is a lousy watcher.
“I'm terrible. I can't really sit and watch because you want to try and affect things on the pitch,” he said. “I don't seem to be able to physically sit in the stand. On Saturday I managed about 20 minutes then I had to go downstairs to watch the scores come in at half time. Second half, I stayed near the touchline so I could get as close to the action as I possible. When you watch games you see the space and where the lads should be but all you can do is stay positive.”
Peters is backing Blue Square Premier defensive loan recruits Bradley Thomas and Luke Graham to play a full part in his absence.
“Both are good, young lads,” he said. “I know Luke very well. He doesn't live that far away from me but I knew him anyway through other people. I played against Bradley last season at Crawley. It was funny at the weekend when I came through the dressing room the first thing he said to me was, 'I remember you scored against me.'
“To get a clean sheet against Solihull was important. It's basic stuff but the fewer goals we can concede the better. Psychologically, you want teams who are coming to play us to see that they are in for a tough game.
“Whoever plays now we want to get on a good run going into the Christmas period. You really want to be in a position come the New Year to have a crack. There's potentially another good game coming up on Saturday at Hucknall so we feel this can be the start another run for us.”