Defender thanks club, manager, players and fans for their support after being ruled out for six months
Julian Bennett says he will return stronger in 2014 and hopes to help Blues in their bid for promotion for League 2.
The defender was ruled out of action for six months after picking up an injury on his debut for Blues against Yeovil Town in the Capital One Cup.
The 28-year-old had surgery a few days after he ruptured his cruciate ligament and has now begun his rehabilitation as he bids to get fit as quickly as possible.
He said: “At first I didn’t think it was serious and tried to have a little run to get back on the pitch but that’s when I knew I’d done something quite serious.
“I had another injury quite similar in my other leg and it did feel the same as that so I knew it wasn’t going to be good. When I did it the last time though there were a few more complications, which meant I was out for longer.
“I had the surgery which went well on the Saturday after I’d done it so now it’s all about the recovery and getting back to full fitness. I can’t do much at the moment because I’m still on crutches.
“I had a week at home after the surgery and I couldn’t do much at all so it was pretty tough, but it’s great to be back around the lads now.
“There’s a long road ahead but having been in this situation before I know I can return stronger in the New Year and hopefully play a part in getting this club where it wants to be.
“You can’t rush an injury like this because if you come back too soon after a big operation it can happen again. I’ll be doing lots of gym work as soon as I can, the whole rehabilitation plan will become clearer over the next few weeks.”
Bennett is extremely grateful for the support he’s received from the club, the players, the manager and the fans. He added: “I was absolutely gutted about the injury because it came on my debut just as I was beginning to really settle in.
“It’s a big setback on a personal level because it’s never nice to pick up a long-term injury at the start of the season. All I can do now is work as hard as possible to come back stronger and fitter.
“The support from everyone has been amazing. The manager, coaches, players, fans and the club have all been great. Having not been here long it has just shown me how good and how together this club is.
“I’m gutted to be out, but it puts everything else in to perspective. There are people in a lot worse situations than myself. You do a lot of reflecting when you’re out injured.
“It’s clear to me though that everyone at the club is pulling in the same direction, wanting the same thing. There’s a real team spirit here and I’m sure whenever things aren’t going well, the spirit in the camp will pull everyone through – it’s certainly helping me at the moment.”