May 26, 2024

Conor Coady opens up

on ‘excruciating’ injury and what he did to get headstart on recovery

The Leicester City summer signing has never had an injury in his career before, but broke his foot in pre-season and will not make his competitive debut until late September

Enzo Maresca happy with 'improving' Leicester against Burton

Summer signing Coady has been ruled out until the end of September with a broken foot suffered last month in what is the first injury of his career. Not only was it a big blow for Enzo Maresca, with Coady one of the leaders in the team and set to play an integral role at the heart of his defence, but it was a huge disappointment for City supporters, who have too often seen key players ruled out through injury.

Coady has been travelling with the squad as they’ve picked up four wins from their opening four games in all competitions, but he is gutted he cannot play a part. He explained that the injury actually came in training, and that he tried to shrug it off before realising the pain he was in during the behind-closed-doors friendly with OH Leuven, in which he limped off.

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“I’m absolutely gutted to be honest,” he said on Ben Foster’s podcast, Fozcast. “I’ve never been injured in my career. I’ve come to Leicester, brilliant, I loved the start, loving pre-season, feeling strong and then one day in training I was running and as I’ve turned to run backwards and receive a ball my foot’s cracked. I thought: ‘That’s a bit mad.’

“I played the next day and the pain was excruciating. I got through an hour and the gaffer went: ‘Enough now.’ We were playing 70 minutes in that game so I just wanted to get through the 70 and see what it’s like. I thought I had a stiff foot.

“I was gutted because we were going to Thailand the next day as well. I had the scan the next morning and the doctor pulled me over when I had my suitcases ready to go, and he said: ‘Listen, you’re going to be out for a while.’

To try to speed up the recovery process, Coady spent the first week of his injury living at the club’s Seagrave training ground. With the rest of the squad on the tour to Asia, he had the run of the place.

“The first week I was injured, I stayed there all week just to get a headstart on my injury,” he said. “I thought that if I’m here all the time, I can do everything I need to do, I had everything there for me.

“I was literally at the training ground on my own the whole time. There was nobody else there, just me and the security guard! I was so desperate to get back with the lads.”

Should Coady be captain when he is fit, or should Ricardo or Vardy take the armband? Let us know in the comments section below.

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