FC Halifax Town: Peniket battling back on the road to recovery

Actions from FC Halifax Town v Welling at the Shay. Richard Peniket
Actions from FC Halifax Town v Welling at the Shay. Richard Peniket

Richard Peniket believes he is a long way down the road to recovery from his anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The Town forward has been out of action since sustaining the injury in the 0-0 draw at Altrincham back in March.

But he is optimistic that a return to action is on the horizon after gradually stepping up his rehabilitation programme.

“It’s going well, my knee feels good, I’m feeling strong and I feel like there’s a lot more strength in my left leg,” he said.

“I’m just missing the game and being out there on a Saturday afternoon.

“I’m just making sure I’m working really hard on coming back as strong as possible.

“I’m back running, I’m slowly introducing turning and ball work.

“I’m four months in and the ligament is strong now.

“I’m able to do quite a bit of stuff, it’s just getting used to different movements and slowly introducing getting back into full training.”

Peniket has recently spent a few days receiving intensive treatment with the physios at St George’s Park in Burton.

The striker says the thought of returning to action with Halifax is spurring him on during the recovery process.

“It can be quite repetitive and you just want to go and have a kick-about at times,” he said.

“But you’re in the gym doing your leg weights and your running and it is quite draining to think ‘I’ve still got another so many month before I’m back’.

“But you’ve just got to think of the end goal and that moment when you’re back and putting a shirt on and being out there.

“That’s what keeps driving me on.

“That’s the image I have in my mind and it’ll be a great feeling.”

Peniket is confident he can come back as the same player he was before the injury, thanks in part to the work of renowned surgeon Steve Bollen.

“Definitely, I don’t see why not,” he said.

“I was lucky to see a good surgeon and I think that plays an important part in coming back.

“How hard you work as well can be a factor and I know I’ve worked extremely hard on my own doing the rehab so I’m hopeful because of the work I’ve put in I can come back as good, if not better.”

Peniket has been restricted to a watching brief this season as Town have struggled on the pitch, which he says has made his absence even tougher to take.

“It is hard and I think it’s harder when the team’s struggling and you can’t do anything about it,” he said.

“You don’t want to see us in the relegation zone like we are at the minute.

“I don’t think that’s where we will be and I think we will push up the table.

“But it is hard having to sit and and not being able to help.

“You just wish you were out there but you’ve got to do the best you can in supporting the team.”

Peniket admits putting an exact time-scale on his return to action is tricky, but doesn’t want to rush coming back too soon.

“I’m keen to get back as quickly as possible,” he added.

“The physios are telling me Christmas and I’m telling them November!

“I don’t want to push it and come back before I’m ready ad start picking up niggly injuries.

“I want it to be 100 per cent right so I’m going to work hard to be back as early as possible.

“If I’m back in training for Christmas-time I’ll be happy.”