Injured Peniket aiming to come back stronger

FC Halifax Town v Wrexham at the Shay. Richard Peniket.
FC Halifax Town v Wrexham at the Shay. Richard Peniket.

Richard Peniket is focusing on a speedy recovery after being ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

The Town striker injured his anterior cruciate ligament in the 0-0 draw at Altrincham two weeks ago, although it’s unclear how long he will be out for.

The severity of the injury has ruled him out of the rest of the campaign but swelling on his knee meant a scan couldn’t establish a clear view of his injury.

Peniket is Halifax’s second-top scorer with 12 goals this term and had started the club’s last 11 league games before limping out of the Altrincham match at the end of the first-half.

The former Fulham youth-team player is now targeting a swift return to the first-team.

“I just want to get back as quickly as possible,” he said.

“It was just before half-time. I went to tackle with my right foot and I’ve gone over on my left leg.

“I heard a pop and thought ‘this isn’t good’ although it hasn’t been too bad since.

“I’ve had injuries before but I’ve never injured my knee before.

“Obviously Worthy’s (Jon Worthington, Town physio) there for guidance.

“It’s difficult because you never know how bad it’s going to be, especially when it’s an injury you’ve not had before.

“It’s frustrating but it’s football, it happens.

“There’s nothing you can do about it, you’ve just got to get on with it and be positive.

“Hopefully I can get back as quickly as possible and as fit as possible.”

Peniket was at Nuneaton to see Town record their first win in nine games but admits he’ll be a frustrated spectator over the last few weeks of the campaign.

“I’m terrible - I hate watching!

“Although I enjoyed it at Nuneaton. It’s good to see the boys winning but I want to be out there playing with them.

“It’s one of those things - you’re going to get injuries in football.

“But it’s about how you come back from them and hopefully I can come back stronger.

“I’ll try my best to get to most games.

“I’ve got to do what’s best for my injury but hopefully I’ll be around to cheer on the boys most weeks.”

The striker believes Town’s other front-men can make up for his absence in the race for the play-offs.

He added: “We’ve got a good squad and good strikers.

“Obviously Jack came in and did really well at Nuneaton and I thought Bodes did really well.

“I thought his movement and his work-rate was great and he was a bit of an unsung hero for us.

“Then you’ve got the likes of Jacko (Jamie Jackson) and Hatters (Danny Hattersley) on the bench.

“There are plenty of choices for the gaffer and I’m sure they’ll do a good job.”