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Rene Gilmartin says rehab “going in right direction” after second knee procedure

Rene Gilmartin had to undergo a minor procedure on his dislocated knee last month but the goalkeeper is still confident he will be back before the end of the season.

The strapping Irishman suffered a serious injury to his right knee in the dying embers of the Under-21s Premier League Cup win over Birmingham City in October and underwent surgery in London in the second week of November. Gilmartin has been working closely with head of medical Richard Collinge and sports scientist Jack Baxter during what had been earmarked as a six-month rehabilitation process.

Picture by Franziska Empl
Picture by Franziska Empl

However, progress stalled slightly so the goalkeeper underwent Manipulation Under Anaesthetic in January.

“It was quite stiff and there was a lot of scar tissue so we got it manipulated under anaesthetic,” he said in an interview with Hornets Player. “There was a lot of pain in the quad area as they do pull your muscle around. That was three weeks ago and I’m just getting the benefits now. It’s feeling a lot more free and I’m putting more weight through it. I’m doing more mobility stuff now. I’m moving a lot more now which is a big positive for me. I’m on the bike, in the gym and in the pool.”

Picture via Hornets Player

Gilmartin, 28, is usually in the pool at 8am for an hour most days and is also doing pilates, cycling and boxing as part of his rehab. Gilmartin has also benefited from the advice of teammate Joel Ekstrand who has spent most of the last 12 months working his way back from a career-threatening knee problem.

“I’m happy going forward and it’s going in the right direction,” said Gilmartin who retained his place in the revised Premier League squad. “It will be later this season. I’m not going to put a month on it as I want to make sure it’s right and fixed. Everything is going well and I’m in a good head space and positive.”