It seemed innocuous at the time, but Alfie Kilgour’s challenge on a Slimbridge player in last Tuesday’s Gloucestershire Challenge Cup tie turned out to be anything but!
“It’s turned out to be a really serious injury,” said the young central defender when we caught up with him this week, just days before he undergoes surgery on the injury.
“I have a damaged posterior corner, a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament and a detached hamstring, all as a result of a challenge where my foot slipped and went from under me.
“These things happen in football, and I have to say that I wasn’t in a great deal of pain when it happened and I didn’t really think anything of it, but the scans I had afterwards confirmed just how serious an injury it is.
“I’m undergoing surgery in London tomorrow (Wednesday) and the operation is being performed by one of the country’s top surgeons, Andy Williams.
“After that, I’m looking at an eight to twelve month recovery period.”
Having only just returned from a loan spell at Cirencester, where he featured in 12 games, he was looking to kick on again with Rovers.
“It’s ironic, really, as I played those 12 games where I was getting kicked all over the park and playing on poor surfaces, and then do this on my first game back, playing at The Mem. To say I’m gutted is probably a little bit of an understatement.”
He won’t be able to do a great deal of work for up to six weeks after the operation, but then the hard work kicks in; “then it will be a case of getting some movement back in my leg and a great deal of gym work!
“Head of Medical Services Keith Graham will be supervising my rehabilitation programme and I think I’m really fortunate to be at such a good club with excellent staff and facilities where I can work on my recovery and work my way back to full fitness.
“However I can’t deny the fact that the injury has come as a tremendous blow and a massive knockback. I’m still only 18, though, and I am determined to work hard and get back as soon as I can.
“I know that Ollie Clarke had similar injuries when he was younger and look where he is now! I realise that there are some long days in the gym ahead of me, but I believe my positive outlook will help me through and
I am determined to come through this and I’m sure I will be a better person for it.”
Everyone at Bristol Rovers sends their best wishes to Alfie for a successful outcome tomorrow and looks forward to seeing him back at the club in the very near future.