David Brooks hasn’t featured for AFC Bournemouth in a competitive game since 27th April 2019 when he suffered an ankle injury.
He briefly returned during the pre-season fixtures during the summer of 2019, but following a friendly against Brentford, it was announced that he would require surgery.
The recovery time following surgery on the ligament damage would be around 12 weeks, however, by December, it was clear that he would require a second operation following complications during his rehabilitation.
Brooks told the Daily Mail…
“…torn ankle ligaments led to reconstructive surgery. During rehab, one bone healed differently from others and a second operation in Qatar in December was required to correct it.”
He was heading towards a return in March just before the Premier League season was suspended due to the global Coronavirus pandemic. Three months on and Brooks is just bursting to get back into the first-team fold and his time away has not affected his confidence.
Discussing the return of the Premier League Brooks told the Daily Mail…
“I don’t want to sound cocky but I like the pressure. I like being the main man. When I go on to the pitch, I don’t feel nerves.
“I’ve only ever felt that once, and that was my Wales debut in France.
“Between now and the end of the season I just want to play. I’ve been out for over a year. I just want to get back playing. I can’t wait for next Saturday…”
“…There’s no doubt that, given the quality, we shouldn’t be near the drop zone, never mind in it.
Going back in we’re not looking behind us. We’re looking forward at who we can catch.
A fully fit Stanislas, Brooks, Danjuma, Harry Wilson and Lloyd Kelly gives us loads of options. If Fraser looks like he’s chomping at the bit, our Management team will see that and act accordingly.
I’m just hoping we’re injury-free and get to see the team play like we know they can. – Join the conversation, click here.