UK time is: 03:12:39
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Marlon has a lot to say

'To have everything you have worked for taken away from you is difficult to come to terms with. But I will keep working hard and keep positive and I know my chance will come again.'

THE INJURY
'It was different I guess because it was caused by wear and tear, not one specific incident. It was after we lost at Arsenal I realised I needed something to be done.

'There was no sudden impact, it was just that my knee was being battered around a bit. I was feeling niggles but taking painkillers, but after Arsenal it blew up and we went to see the doctor.

'They scanned it and couldn't see anything so I let it settle down and started training again, but when it blew up again the surgeon decided to open it up and see what was going on in there.

'He went in with a camera and moved a bit of tissue and there was more tissue flapping away and he had to cut that and then drill holes into the side of my knee to make it bleed, so when it forms back into tissue it goes back to normal.

'It was a hell of a shock, because when I woke up from the operation I thought they tell me I'd be out for six weeks or so, not six months. I was taken aback, to say the least.

I'd say it was the most disappointing thing that's happened to me in football, but you have to stay positive and get on with it.

'I thought to myself, 'it's not like he telling me I've got cancer or AIDS', you know, some people get much worse news - it's always been repairable and I've always been positive.'

THE ROAD TO RECOVERY
'You have to let the healing process take place, you cannot rush things like this because there is always a risk you go too soon and don't give it chance to recover properly.

'After two months I was able to walk again, then I had a scan and they said my knee was one of the best they'd seen, so I'm back in light training now, doing bike work, swimming and weights.

'I've got a weight plan and a gym plan and it's been going really well for a couple of weeks.

'I've got to go and see the surgeon again in six weeks' time and if everything is ok he will let me start full training again, which takes me up to the end of March.

'There's a chance I'll be there for the end of the season, if it all goes well, touch wood. But I want to be right for the long term.'

WATCHING FROM THE SIDELINES
'I'm a terrible watcher, ask anyone. I must admit, it's hard to have to watch your team and be unable to contribute anything on the pitch.

'After the season I had last year, just as I was starting to find my feet in the Premiership, it's hard to miss out on so much.

'I've been to every home game but I missed a lot of away games because I was on crutches and couldn't travel, but I've been at Vicarage Road trying to gee up the boys.

'Everyone is still positive and the gaffer is trying his best to make things happen.

'I've taken the opportunity to get involved in my coaching badges too, I thought I'd try and do as much as possible while I had the time and I've nearly finished Level 2.

'I was always going to do it, it's great that the PFA give us the chance to do these courses because they cost a lot of money.

'We are very privileged as footballers to have the opportunity to do this sort of work and I'm keen to learn about coaching.'

THE GAFFER
'The gaffer will tell you himself that he is learning all the time. He's been in a difficult position before, when he took over and Watford were near the bottom of the Championship.

'But he sees this as more of a long-term plan for the club and he wants to make Watford a top-10 Premiership outfit by 2010.

'The sale of Ashley Young raised money and the gaffer's been criticised for not bringing in recognisable Premiership stars, but he doesn't want to go and spend recklessly'




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer:  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 13 2007

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

Does anyone know what or where Nigel Callaghan is up to these days? Trying to track him down.
The Rabbi
Hopefully on his coaching courses he'll learn some manners, discipline and repect.
bmb
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Watford Articles

Hornets and Cherries Clash To Be Televised (Thursday December 18 2014)

Watford Want Hoban To Remain A Hornet (Thursday December 18 2014)

McGugan Sale In January? (Wednesday December 17 2014)

Deeney & Anya Respond To Wigan Victory (Tuesday December 16 2014)

Deeney Double Gives Watford The Points (Saturday December 13 2014)

Stats: Watford v Wigan Athletic (Saturday December 13 2014)

PREVIEW: Watford v Wigan (Saturday December 13 2014)

Watford Put Five Past Fulham (Saturday December 6 2014)

Archived Watford Articles

List All Vital Watford Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. ANDY710 1

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Watford 2 - 1 Wigan
Fulham 0 - 5 Watford
Watford 0 - 1 Cardiff
Watford 1 - 2 Derby County
Ipswich 1 - 0 Watford
Birmingham 2 - 1 Watford

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
3. Derby County 21 11 5 5 17 38
4. Ipswich 21 10 8 3 12 38
5. Brentford 21 11 4 6 7 37
6. Watford 21 10 5 6 15 35
7. Norwich 21 9 6 6 11 33
8. Blackburn 21 8 7 6 1 31
9. Forest 21 7 9 5 5 30

Breaking League News

Nottingham Forest v Leeds United Team News
Leeds Utd : 18/12/2014 21:13:00
LUFC Thompson hoping to help wake sleeping giants
Leeds Utd : 18/12/2014 20:22:00
LUFC Watford cup tie arranged
Leeds Utd : 18/12/2014 19:56:00
A Tribute To Max Clayton
Bolton : 18/12/2014 19:42:00
Boro have the desire
Middlesbrough : 18/12/2014 18:53:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who would you start in goal against Reading?
Suggested By:  Harry
Gomes 40%
Bond 60%