Big Sam steps up his rehab in Austria
Inured striker Sam Vokes has vowed to come back bigger and stronger as he continues his rehab following a double dose of summer surgery.
The Clarets’ Player of the Year is in Austria with the Clarets squad for pre-season following the cruciate injury that ended his promotion-winning season prematurely.
And after going under the knife, and having a further operation to heal a dislocated shoulder, Sam insists he is now well on the road to recovery.
The Welsh international told Clarets Player: “I have had a good summer and off-season with my rehab.
“I had my knee surgery towards the end of the season and further surgery on a shoulder injury that I dislocated last November.
“This has been a good chance to get away with the team and step up the rehab.
“Both physios, Ally (Beattie) and Pablo (Sanchez) have worked really hard with me over the summer, coming round the house and doing gym work and swimming, just to build up the knee.
Ally Beattie lays on the healing hands
“At the moment I am three-and-a-half months in and I can start stepping it up in terms of the physical work.
“I’ve been out on the bike a lot recently and doing a lot of strength work to build up the knee so that when I do come back I’m fitter and stronger in that area and hopefully I won’t suffer a recurrence.
“Hopefully in the next two to four weeks I can step up to jogging and slowly progressing to running and then football movements.
“It takes time though. It’s not a quick injury to heal and I’m just going to give it the best opportunity I can.”
Twenty-one goal Vokes admitted he was disappointed to miss out as the Clarets sealed promotion back the Premier League in style earlier this year.
But watching in pre-season from the sidelines, he feels Sean Dyche’s squad is shaping up well to take the next big challenge head-on.
He said: “I’m gutted to have missed out on the end of last season and the start of the Premier League.
“It was my best season by far, not just personally but in a fantastic squad. I think that will stand us in good stead going into the Premier League season.
“This week we have done a lot of work off the pitch as well as on it and you can see that the lads are right up for it.”
A full feature on Sam’s recovery can now be viewed on Clarets Player. CLICK HERE for details.