Tuesday, April 28, 2009
O'Brien focused on fitness battle
Bolton and Ireland full back Joey O'Brien has revealed his plans for his recovery from injury in the close-season.
The Ireland defender has had another injury plagued campaign, and will be working during the summer to regain his fitness in time for first team action next season.
The defender's bad luck with injury has led him to make just eight Premier League appearances this season, with six starts and two as a substitute.
The 23-year-old Dubliner has recently undergone knee surgery in order to put an end to his injury worries, and the defender is determined to work hard in the coming weeks to try and get to full match fitness.
The defender, who has not played a game for the Trotters since last October, feels the rest of the team will need a big rest at the end of the season, but says it will not be the same for him.
Speaking about the coming months, O'Brien said, "The lads deserve a summer off but it won't be like that for me. It will be six weeks of really hard graft."
The Ireland international joined the Trotters as a youth player back in 2002, and has made a total of 50 Premier League appearances for the club since his promotion to the first team in 2004.