March determined to return better than ever

Midfielder gives injury update and outlines his aims for a return to action.

By Alex Stedman • 25 February 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion's win at Liverpool looks set to be Solly March's final game of the season, after picking up a knee injury at Anfield.

Solly March says that his enforced spell on the sidelines through injury has made him hungry to return in the best possible form for Albion.

The 26-year-old suffered the setback during Albion’s historic win over Liverpool earlier this month and spoke in more detail about what lies ahead over the next few weeks. 

He said, “The surgery has gone well and it’s a case of resting now.

“The first month is about letting the body recover and heal from the surgery.

By Paul Hazlewood
Solly March has made 21 Premier League appearances this season.

“At the moment I’m using a hyperbaric chamber (a pressurised oxygen chamber). I spend an hour or so in there once or twice a day at the club.

“Away from the training ground it’s about icing it regularly and doing the basic exercises prescribed by the physiotherapists for this stage of the process."

March said he felt something wasn’t quite right at the time of the injury and also revealed how he was made aware of the final result at Anfield.

“It wasn’t really an awkward landing or anything like that, it was more a twist of the knee at an angle.

“I felt a bit of a pop and so you sort of know that something might be wrong.

“I got messages from the kitman about how the team were doing. I heard a shout at the end, and I wasn’t sure whether that was an equaliser or our bench celebrating three points!

By Paul Hazlewood
Solly March scored twice this season - against Manchester United and Aston Villa.

“Luckily it was us and it was a brilliant result for the club. The lads came in celebrating and it was unbelievable.”

The midfielder is keen to turn what is always a tough situation for a player into a positive one and make a full recovery.

“Being out for a long period of time is the hardest part of being a footballer.

“When you walk into training every day and the lads are outside on the grass and you’re inside in the gym or on the physio bed it is tough.

“It’s important that you stay positive. I’ve been through injuries before though, so I know what I have to do and I’m still young, so I want to come back better than ever.

“My aim is to be back and fully fit for pre-season at the moment. I hope to be outside before the end of the season.

“That gives me the summer to get fully fit and raring to get back for the new season, I have more than enough time to do that.”