SWINDON TOWN: Hasney returns from 'touch and go' injury

This Is Swindon Town FC: Hasney Aljofree Hasney Aljofree

HASNEY Aljofree took his first steps back to regular action yesterday, admitting his career as a professional footballer hung in the balance over the summer.

The centre-back has been sidelined since December with a serious knee injury - the same ailment that has troubled Tottenham captain Ledley King and England cricket star Andrew Flintoff.

And after 10 months kicking his heels in the stands, Aljofree was just delighted to be able to kick a ball in anger again as Town’s reserves beat their Plymouth counterparts 3-2 yesterday.

“It’s been a long old time - almost 10 months to the day,” the 31-year-old told the Advertiser.

“It’s felt ages and left me wondering at times if it was ever going to end, but it was a big bonus to just get back on the pitch and play again.

“I’ve had a few injuries over my career, but with this one and my age, it was touch and go as to whether I could get back because it was quite severe.

“I’ve seen quite a few surgeons to get different opinions. It’s a bit of a grey area with sportsmen at the moment because there’s no set way to get back.

“But I’ve had the best treatment, the best people looking after me and I’ve had a surgeon in Coventry - Tim Spalding - always making sure that everything is correct. Touch wood I can now just carry on and step by step get back to full fitness.”

Aljofree revealed his recovery has, at times, been a lonely affair, but paid tribute to his Town colleagues for their support in his battle to regain full fitness.

“My training’s been limited with the lads because of my injury - maybe only once a week I can get involved with them, because everything else has to be non-weight bearing on my knee,” he explained.

“Everything else has been on my own and it’s been mental torture at times. Ten months is a long time for anyone and it’s hard to see the end of the tunnel sometimes when you’ve been out for so long.

“There are dark times when you get lonely and you start wondering if you’re ever going to play again, but I’ve had a good backing here with the physio and lads right behind me, backing me up every day.“ And now, having got 45 minutes of competitive action under his belt, the former Plymouth man admits he just needs regular game time - be it in the reserves or in a loan spell away from the County Ground.

“I’ve got to speak to the manager to see my next steps, but I’m on my way back and it may mean reserve games or getting out on loan,” said Aljofree.

“I could either get a few games and try to fight for my place here, or go out on loan and get a fresh start somewhere else.

“You can’t tell what’s around the corner.

“There’s still a long way to go, but whatever I do in the future has to be done correctly.

“I can’t rush into anything for the sake of the rest of my career.”

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11:10am Wed 21 Oct 09

Even Angrier Monkey says...

With a few more reserve games under his belt a loan move may be a good idea, beacuse I dont see him getting a game for us at centre back as things stand.

If and when he is match fit (which might be a while) then I'd consider giving him a go at left back which is turning into a slight problem position for us.
With a few more reserve games under his belt a loan move may be a good idea, beacuse I dont see him getting a game for us at centre back as things stand. If and when he is match fit (which might be a while) then I'd consider giving him a go at left back which is turning into a slight problem position for us. Even Angrier Monkey
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11:37am Wed 21 Oct 09

wiki27 says...

Aljofree was never very good even at his best! His blame everyone else for conceding a goal approach on the pitch was nothing short of embarrassing. I wish the man no ill will but his future must lie elsewhere.
Aljofree was never very good even at his best! His blame everyone else for conceding a goal approach on the pitch was nothing short of embarrassing. I wish the man no ill will but his future must lie elsewhere. wiki27
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12:33pm Wed 21 Oct 09

Lars says...

wiki27 wrote:
Aljofree was never very good even at his best! His blame everyone else for conceding a goal approach on the pitch was nothing short of embarrassing. I wish the man no ill will but his future must lie elsewhere.
Agree 100%.
[quote][p][bold]wiki27[/bold] wrote: Aljofree was never very good even at his best! His blame everyone else for conceding a goal approach on the pitch was nothing short of embarrassing. I wish the man no ill will but his future must lie elsewhere.[/p][/quote]Agree 100%. Lars
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12:47pm Wed 21 Oct 09

Redhouse Red says...

Lars wrote:
wiki27 wrote: Aljofree was never very good even at his best! His blame everyone else for conceding a goal approach on the pitch was nothing short of embarrassing. I wish the man no ill will but his future must lie elsewhere.
Agree 100%.
Me too!
Loan deal, for sure
[quote][p][bold]Lars[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wiki27[/bold] wrote: Aljofree was never very good even at his best! His blame everyone else for conceding a goal approach on the pitch was nothing short of embarrassing. I wish the man no ill will but his future must lie elsewhere.[/p][/quote]Agree 100%.[/p][/quote]Me too! Loan deal, for sure Redhouse Red
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1:30pm Wed 21 Oct 09

stroudred1959 says...

Or could he be valuable cover for Douglas?Ready to be corrected but didn't he start his career in mid-field?
Or could he be valuable cover for Douglas?Ready to be corrected but didn't he start his career in mid-field? stroudred1959
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1:48pm Wed 21 Oct 09

jmostfc says...

hasney out! terrible attitude and argues with the fans.
hasney out! terrible attitude and argues with the fans. jmostfc
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1:59pm Wed 21 Oct 09

Lars says...

stroudred1959 wrote:
Or could he be valuable cover for Douglas?Ready to be corrected but didn't he start his career in mid-field?
Would you really put Hasney in midfield ahead of Easton and Timlin?
[quote][p][bold]stroudred1959[/bold] wrote: Or could he be valuable cover for Douglas?Ready to be corrected but didn't he start his career in mid-field?[/p][/quote]Would you really put Hasney in midfield ahead of Easton and Timlin? Lars
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2:48pm Wed 21 Oct 09

P*ssed Off says...

Lars wrote:
stroudred1959 wrote: Or could he be valuable cover for Douglas?Ready to be corrected but didn't he start his career in mid-field?
Would you really put Hasney in midfield ahead of Easton and Timlin?
Not really, but I would rather read about his recovery and future hopes than half of the drivel that is posted on here about how 'bad' our players are !!!
[quote][p][bold]Lars[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stroudred1959[/bold] wrote: Or could he be valuable cover for Douglas?Ready to be corrected but didn't he start his career in mid-field?[/p][/quote]Would you really put Hasney in midfield ahead of Easton and Timlin?[/p][/quote]Not really, but I would rather read about his recovery and future hopes than half of the drivel that is posted on here about how 'bad' our players are !!! P*ssed Off
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3:04pm Wed 21 Oct 09

Redmoonraker says...

Even Angrier Monkey wrote:
With a few more reserve games under his belt a loan move may be a good idea, beacuse I dont see him getting a game for us at centre back as things stand.

If and when he is match fit (which might be a while) then I'd consider giving him a go at left back which is turning into a slight problem position for us.
agree he is a potential possibility for Left back seeing as neither lescinel or kennedy are cutting the mustard consistently there. Worth a try has played there before for other sides
[quote][p][bold]Even Angrier Monkey[/bold] wrote: With a few more reserve games under his belt a loan move may be a good idea, beacuse I dont see him getting a game for us at centre back as things stand. If and when he is match fit (which might be a while) then I'd consider giving him a go at left back which is turning into a slight problem position for us.[/p][/quote]agree he is a potential possibility for Left back seeing as neither lescinel or kennedy are cutting the mustard consistently there. Worth a try has played there before for other sides Redmoonraker
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3:27pm Wed 21 Oct 09

RHS_Boydy says...

With his knee having gone do you think he has any pace left in him at all?
As far as I'm concerned you need pace if you're going to play the full back role.
That in my mind rules him out for left back. Even he realises he's 4th choice centre back. Think the Midfield idea is a no go. Other players at the club already play that position naturally and are decent league 1 players.

That I'm afraid leaves only 2 options I can see. He kicks his heels in the reserves until end of contract (this summer or next?) Or he asks and pushes for a move elsewhere for his career.

Whether you rate him or not, I don't, he doesn't strike me as the I'll take the money type.
With his knee having gone do you think he has any pace left in him at all? As far as I'm concerned you need pace if you're going to play the full back role. That in my mind rules him out for left back. Even he realises he's 4th choice centre back. Think the Midfield idea is a no go. Other players at the club already play that position naturally and are decent league 1 players. That I'm afraid leaves only 2 options I can see. He kicks his heels in the reserves until end of contract (this summer or next?) Or he asks and pushes for a move elsewhere for his career. Whether you rate him or not, I don't, he doesn't strike me as the I'll take the money type. RHS_Boydy
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5:32pm Wed 21 Oct 09

umpcah says...

Aljofree or Casal for left back ? Leave `em both back I say !
Aljofree or Casal for left back ? Leave `em both back I say ! umpcah
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7:50am Thu 22 Oct 09

tuff-sluff says...

get him in at left back
get him in at left back tuff-sluff
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