Cretaro and Peers on road to recovery
Raffaele Cretaro and Gavin Peers are continuing their paths to recovery from long-term injuries with news on their rehabilitations in the last week.
Cretaro underwent surgery on his calf last Friday, having originally gone under the knife on his other calf five weeks ago.
He said the second surgery has been easier to recover from and hopes to be back in contention after the mid-season break in the league.
Cretaro said: "It's a lot better this time around. After the first surgery I was on crutches for a week to ten days. It's been just a few days since the second one and I'm practically able to walk around now so I'm delighted with how quickly that has come.
"I'm looking at being back after the mid-season break. There is always the small chance I could be able to return to training in four or five weeks but we're not going to rush it and the target is to be able to come available after the break."
Peers, meanwhile, visited St George's Park in Burton, England last week for an update on his knee ligament injury sustained five months ago in last year's FAI Cup final.
The results showed there is a 30% difference in the strength of each knee, with 10% the target for recovery, so there is more work to be done for the three-time FAI Cup winner after several months of rehab so far.
But with a better understanding of the prognosis for the latter stages of his recovery comes sight of the long-term goal of getting back on the field with Rovers.
He said: "It was good to find out the latest. I was struggling with cramp in my calf and we found out the reason. It was very frustrating to be cramping and not know what was causing it.
“Since I've returned it's the best I've felt in a while in terms of movement. We’re looking at July or August and it’s going to be another challenge then again to get back to fitness. Hopefully I can be involved in the latter part of the season.
“It was even more difficult to be on the sidelines when we were on the bad run of matches, you just want to be out there and trying to turn things around. But the lads have done well to get the few wins and hopefully we can keep kicking on.”
Cretaro is also looking optimistically at Rovers’ outlook, saying he knew the run of wins would come after the slow start.
“At no point did I think we weren't going to turn the bad run around, I knew we needed time to click with the new players coming in. They needed time to get used to how we play and the winning mentality we have. You can see it’s coming now with the performances being produced.
“Saturday night is a big game. Winning that match would put us right up there again and in the next rounds of matches, the teams at the top will be playing each other so we see it as a chance to get right up there.”
Sligo Rovers v St Patrick's Athletic, this Saturday night in The Showgrounds at 7:45pm