It has been an emotional eight months for Canadian soccer player Josh Simpson. It also looks to be an emotional future for the 29-year-old midfielder.
On May 23, 2012, playing for BSC Young Boys in Switzerland, the last game of the season against FC Basel, Simpson sustained a broken leg. Fracturing both his tibia and fibula.
“It was horrible to be honest, I spent three weeks in the hospital without moving,” he said, “straight from the pitch, to the ambulance, to the hospital, to my room which I didn’t leave for ten days and didn’t actually leave the hospital itself for three weeks.”
While Simpson is running, doing physio work and progressing nicely from the “nightmare” injury, the emotional scars remain.
“I see my leg getting broken when I’m running,” says the 29-year-old Canadian, “It’s hard because the doctor says my leg is fine, I can see it myself in the x-rays and scans”
“I know it’s fine but it’s a little tough to get through it. It’s just a bit of a challenge.”
Physically, the Canadian midfielder knows he’s healthy, but mentally, it’s going to be a tough road ahead.
“It’s still difficult, it’s not been easy, you just can’t think too much about it and persevere,” Simpson says, “I hope I’m ready for it, I know I will be ready for it. “It’s not going to be a walk in the park getting laced up and playing again.”
While unlikely, Simpson does think about making the Canadian Men’s National Team’s Gold Cup squad this summer.
“That would be a bit of a dream situation for me,” said the Canadian international, “that would be absolutely doubtful though.”
Simpson will continue to rehab with his club’s training staff in Berne, Switzerland with the goal of being ready for the start of preseason in July.
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