Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Andrew Crofts feels he has reaped the benefits from a summer trip to the USA to work with renowned knee specialist Bill Knowles.
Crofts swapped a summer vacation for a trip to see the Philadelphia-based sports injury coach, as he continues his preparations for the new season.
He told seagulls.co.uk, "I went to America straight after the season and did a week’s training over there, which was really beneficial.
"It was a brilliant experience; having already had a week out there in March at five months, post-op. The week after the season was at seven months post-op.
"Bill Knowles is a renowned reconditioning guy and he has dealt with a lot of professional athletes, helping them to get better after serious injuries."
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Crofts was joined by Albion's rehabilitation physiotherapist Fraser Young; and Knowles was able to help the pair plan the final phase of rehab.
"It was a really good week and I was able to take a lot of knowledge back with me, and put it into the work I do back at the training ground with Fraser.
"Everyone knows what I'm like; I want to play for a long time. It didn't go how I wanted after the last injury, but I've learned a lot after having the injury for a second time.
"The surgery was different this time, and it feels a lot better. It's now up to me to 'listen' to the knee and fingers crossed everything keeps going as it has been I can put this injury behind me once and for all."