In this week’s column, Giles talks about his long awaited return from injury.
Hi everyone, welcome back to my Coke Column!
On Tuesday I played my first game following my knee injury. It seems pretty strange to think that I played my last game back in January, ten months ago!
We played a reserve game against Southend and I played about 60 minutes. Training is great but what is really important is playing games and getting my match fitness back. I thought I did ok for my first game in ten months. I made a few mistakes and I was blowing a bit at the end but to be honest the main thing was to get through the game injury free. All in all it was a good workout and hopefully after a couple more games I can be in the first team reckoning. We’re doing well at the moment at home, I think that if we can start picking up a few more points away from home we can really start to move up the table.
All my family, friends, agent and everyone at the club have been great support over the last few months and I appreciate all the help they’ve given me. Some players can go their whole career without picking up a serious injury and hopefully I’ve had my bad one now at an early age and got it out the way!
My family often come to see me play. It’s great to know they’re in the stands cheering me on. My brother Jon actually plays as well. He is a Centre Half playing for Kingstonian, one of my old clubs. It’s difficult to go and watch him play as much as I’d like as we obviously play at the same time but I’ve been able to go down and support him on occasions. I’ve also popped back to see Mansfield Town a few times. Hopefully they can drag themselves up the League Two table. As one of my former clubs, I look out for their results and still keep in touch with some of the lads at Field Mill.
What do you get upto in your spare time? From Chris
Most of my time outside of football is taken up spending time with my young daughter. I also enjoy listening to R&B and Hip Hop music. Like most footballers I like playing on computer consoles, I’m a big fan of Pro Evolution Soccer on the Playstation 2 and I also play Football Manager on the PC.
Hopefully I’ll be nearing full fitness when I next speak to you. See you in two weeks!