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Scott Barrow eagerly awaiting return from injury

By Dan Simmonite | 1st October 2021

Scott Barrow is recovering well from his long-term injury and is expected to be back playing in November.

And the Welshman is relishing the day he steps foot back onto the hallowed turf at the LNER Community Stadium as he puts his full efforts into a structured rehabilitation programme.

He has been involved with the first team training every day despite being unable to participate and has taken another step towards a return this week, working with the first team physio on drills which include kicking a ball for the first time in two months.

Barrow said: “When I got the news that I was out for a while it was tough to take but I’ve just got my head down and got on with it. I’m ahead of schedule which is a good thing so hopefully I will be back sooner rather than later.

“I’ve got a tear in my achilles and a grade three strain so I am kind of lucky because if I had a rupture then that would have been my season done. I’ve not been very lucky with injuries but in this case, I am so I am smashing through recovery so I can get back on the pitch.

“The timeframe was three to six months depending on how it heals but at the moment I am healing well, and I am two or three weeks ahead of schedule which is very good, but I’ve still got to take my time a little bit and do the right things with Lewis [Bulmer, Lead Sports Therapist].”

The former Newport County man sustained his injury in the pre-season game against Middlesbrough, after a spell of good form in which saw victories over the Boro, Newcastle United and a draw against League One Sunderland.

Since then, he has watched from the stands as the team lost their first three league games against Brackley, Gloucester and Kidderminster before picking up nine points out of a possible twelve in the following fixtures.Scott Barrow (pictured) watching on at the LNER Community Stadium

Speaking on the season so far, Barrow said: “It was tough, especially after the pre-season as well. I had a pretty good pre-season with three assists against the top sides and my form was good. Pinging a diagonal ball across the field it felt like someone shot me.

“It is tough to watch from the stands, but I am here with the lads everyday and whatever I can do off the pitch to help I will do it.”

At 32-years-old Barrow has a vast experience in the game having played in League Two for Newport as well turning out in the Conference for Tamworth, Macclesfield Town and Gateshead.

And he hopes to use this experience to help the backroom staff and those filling in the left back position.

He added: “I felt a good part of it in the games like at Spennymoor shouting from the sidelines and giving my bit when I see something on the pitch. I love to be involved still – it keeps me going mentally and I am enjoying that role.

“It’s been a good experience, Jaden [Charles] obviously came in and he was new to it going from youth football to a men’s league and it’s a big step up.

“With any young lads who are going to step in I don’t want them to go out and feel pressured – with my experience I want to help in any way I can.”

Steve Watson spoke to BBC Radio York on Thursday and revealed that Barrow will go for a scan on the 19th October which will hopefully give an update on his achilles tendon injury.

Speaking on the injury situation at the back, he said: “You can get by in games by letting people fill in positions that aren’t totally comfortable for them, but you don’t want to do it for too long.

“Certainly, with the left side it is going to be a long wait. We are looking at, at least six weeks to two months for both [Barrow and Newton] now.

“I did have a chat yesterday and mentioned if we are able to bring someone in who is a bit more natural in that position. We had Jaden Charles in but that was only going to be for a month – he was a young lad and did nothing wrong – but the position we are in and where we want to go, we maybe need to look at someone with a bit more experience.

“I’d hope that by the next league game I could put two or three options to the board and maybe the right one might work for us.”

The only natural left sided defender Steve Watson has at his disposal to replace Barrow is 18-year-old youth team captain Jonny Haase who earned his first pro contract this summer.

Lewis Cunningham, signed from Doncaster Rovers, who is also comfortable on the left, is struggling with a hamstring injury.Jonny Haase (pictured) vs Bradford (Park Avenue) on Wednesday night

Watson added: “In an ideal world he (Lewis Cunningham) might have been the one to be given his chance this weekend. But we have young Jonny Haase who did great when I went to watch on Wednesday night – he captained the youth team to a good win at Bradford Park Avenue.

“The step up is quite a big one and I know Whitby are a league below us but if you look at how they are going and the physical strength of their squad then you question whether the [young] lads are quite there yet, but we will get them in with us and have another little look.”

The Emirates FA Cup third round qualifying match against Whitby Town kicks off at 3:00pm tomorrow at the LNER Community Stadium, with tickets available in advance online or on the day from the North or West stand ticket booths.

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