With the news announced yesterday as to the extent of the injury Ben Watson suffered on Tuesday in the 2-0 victory against Barnsley, Club Captain and close friend Gary Caldwell shared his thoughts on what he says is a ‘huge blow’ to everyone.
“Six or seven of us players were up in the stands watching the game,” said Caldwell.
“As soon as we saw James Perch’s reaction to seeing Ben on the floor we knew it was his leg and we feared that it was broken.
“Me and Shaun (Maloney) went to the hospital to see him after the game and Shaun has been again recently.
“We’ll all rally around Ben, he’s a tremendous character at this club and I’m sure once he gets the initial shock out of his system he’ll be working hard to recover.”
“It’s disappointing because I think he was getting back to his best form for the club this season after the first leg break.
“It’s a huge blow for him and a huge blow for the club, but Ben knows how to bounce back in style from an injury like this.
“He’ll have the support of the whole club, right from the very top down to the physios and players who will help him on a daily basis.”
With players, staff and fans all showing their support for Watson, Caldwell said he’s the type of character who will make it through this set back with determination.
“When you’re injured you need something to keep you going and keep your spirits up,” said the 31-year-old.
“Ben provides that on his own, he’s an infectious character, put it this way I wouldn’t want to be a physio in the next few months.
“There’ll be a lot of pranks going on knowing Ben and he’ll be his usual positive self, that’s just the way Ben is.”
Caldwell himself is currently recovering from injury, having suffered a set-back in his rehabilitation from double hip surgery in the summer when he injured his calf in a Development Squad friendly against Southport in December.
As determined as ever, the Scotsman shared an update on his current situation:
“I’m okay, I’ve been out on the grass a few times recently, but there’s been a bit of stiffness in my calf so I’ve had to take it a little easier.
“Hopefully I’ll be out on the training pitch again tomorrow and all being well I’ll try and integrate back into training next week.”
Caldwell praised the club’s medical staff for their support during a frustrating time for him, and added that he expected to be back in contention well before the end of the season.
“The medical staff have been great with me as have the players and together they’ve all supported me through a tough time.
“It’s been a long time since I last played and not playing and contributing is a frustrating thing.
“Hopefully I’ll be back involved soon and my aim is to be available for the majority of games before the end of the season.
“There are a lot of steps to go through before playing a first team game though, I’ll have to get back involved with training, play some reserve games and then of course work my hardest once I’m fit to earn a place back in the team.
“I’m very hopeful that I’ll be back in plenty of time before the end of the season; I want to contribute and help the club achieve its goals in the coming months.”