Sep 18 2013 by Nick Hilton, Main WIR
TRANMERE skipper James Wallace sees a specialist today in the hope of finding an answer to the latest snag to stall his progress on the long comeback trail from a knee injury.
The former Everton midfielder had hoped to be playing football again this month for the first time since he sustained ligament damage in an FA Cup tie against Chesterfield last December.
But Wallace had to halt the build-up of his training ground work because of a bursa, a body of fluid causing a swelling on the knee. Manager Ronnie Moore said: “James is going back to see the specialist because he is still having problems with the bursa.”
Wallace, 21, underwent a second operation towards the end of the summer, to move a pin inside the knee that had been causing pain and discomfort. Earlier he experienced problems in identifying the extent of the injury during the weeks immediately following the Chesterfield game.
While Tranmere have missed the drive and energy of a player who quickly acquired a reputation as one of the best young midfielders in League One, the succession of hold-ups have also been difficult for Wallace himself.
Assistant manager John McMahon said: “Unfortunately for James, every little problem he could possibly encounter seems to have happened. He’s had a lot of setbacks to deal with for someone so young, so full of energy and life. I don’t think James had many injuries in his career before this one. We can only imagine how difficult it is for the player..”
McMahon said physio Gregg Blundell, Wallace’s uncle, is also feeling the disappointment.
“Gregg has gone through a lot with James,” McMahon said. “He’s tried everything he can to speed James’ recovery, putting on special sessions.”
Even so, Tranmere remain optimistic. McMahon said: “The swelling isn’t directly related to the original injury. It is a different sort of problem. I’m sure James has the strength of character to come through and see this to the finishing line.”
Rovers’ shorter-term casualties, Andy Robinson and Jason Koumas, could be in contention for the weekend visit to bottom club Notts County.
Robinson, who missed four games with a reported groin injury, played the last quarter hour in the 4-3 home defeat to Brentford.