This is not a full blog but just a note as regards a situation or situations that it is felt should be communicated to you all.
As you know, I recently missed four of our games due to a family holiday. I would not normally have taken a holiday during the season but there was a particular reason for this (apart from the fact that I have two school-age children and the associated difficulty of the clash between their summer holidays and the start of the football season). It is also possible that I may miss some training sessions and, more importantly, matches in the future so after discussions with our Chairman, Colin, this week, we both believed it would be a good idea to keep everybody informed.
The initial situation was this: Around the time of my father’s death, unfortunately another immediate family member was diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully, that family member has undergone surgery and other treatments and is now on the road to what is hoped is full recovery.
But the nature of the cancer is such that my own risk of developing it has increased somewhat, so I am to undergo what I shall only describe as rather ‘invasive’ tests next week. I am sure everything will turn out fine but this was the key reason why I chose to go abroad with my family and spend some quality time with them ahead of these tests. I am told that the tests are likely to make me feel rather unwell/uncomfortable for some days so I will definitely not be at training that week and it is possible that I may miss Saturday’s home game with Stowmarket.
The second situation to arise, only this week, is that I have received news that I require surgery on a knee problem that reared its head in June. I had an MRI scan a week ago and it has revealed that I need a surgical procedure known as arthroscopy and subsequent micro-fracture treatment on the membrane between the bone and cartilage of my right knee and on the bone itself. This surgery has been booked in for Thursday October 18th and although everybody’s recovery rate from such things is different, I am given to understand that I may struggle to be up and about for a couple of weeks and then, in the long-term, I will be unable to do any load-bearing activities on the knee for around six to nine months. As luck would have it, we do not have a fixture scheduled for Saturday 20th October, so there is no game to miss. However, it is possible that I will miss the League Cup game with Dereham on Tuesday 23rd and the league match at Halstead on the 27th. There may also be some missed training sessions in this time.
Fortunately, I have a very good management team in Bob, Lee & Danny to rely on to handle any training or matchday issues that may come up so I see no reason to be concerned. However, I also understand that when people see that the Manager is not present on occasions when he would normally be there, they wonder what is going on. Hence my note on here today.
And I will, of course, post a more ‘normal’ football blog soon.