#2: JAMES ON THE FOOT, REHAB,
AND THE EUROPEANSÖ
Fram, in Sunny South of
France, talks to James, in Rainy Leeds
How did the surgery go?
It was virtually two and a half weeks ago, it wasnít long, it
was maybe an hourís operation, nothing too major, just the
removal of a bone spur that I had.
Itís been very satisfying lying on my little sofa, with my
little leg up, ordering everyone about. But there comes a time
where, you know, where there is more to life than lying on
sofas, I guessÖ
No, itís been a really enjoyable few weeks doing absolutely
So, put on weight then?
Oh YES! I probably shifted about three tons of chocolate in the
last three weeks, being the addictive personality that I am,
Iíve got the love handles that are thereÖ But itís good, itís
grazing, I call it ďthe grazing seasonĒÖ
I heard you went and enjoyed Dublin last weekend?
Yes, we had a great weekend with Vanessa, although it was a bit
disappointing for her as the first day we arrived, she
unfortunately lost, but apart from that, it was a good weekend,
a few days out there relaxing really. We didnít get involved in
the squash as much which was probably a nice thing, and although
I love watching her play, it certainly didnít upset me not to go
and watch squashÖ
Letís talk about your form thenÖ
Iíve been able to move around a bit, resting mainly but today
was my first day of rehab, and this morning, I had a bit of
physio for the first time, which was good, because itís amazing
what physios can do these days! It was agony, needless to sayÖ
But I can actually now walk to the kettle and make myself a cup
of tea, which is fantastic and excellent news for me!
Any particular worries?
After the surgery, you still have fears and doubts, with
surgeries there is always an element of risk, itís never 100%,
and I guess you donít really know until you get going againÖ But
I think it was the only thing left to be done, I couldnít carry
on because it was in my head, and I suppos Iím much more
confident now, having had it done.
Before it was, has it really gone, well it did for a while, then
it came back, and that made the head even worse. Now, weíve done
a proper surgery, that has given me more confidence, but
obviously Iíll have to be able to move well, and that will give
me even more confidence thenÖ
The right people are behind me, I have probably one of the best
orthopaedic surgeons I could have hoped for, he is based in
Northampton, he has worked on all sorts of sportsmen and women,
heís got a great track record, and my physio was in no doubt
where to let me go.
When can we hope for you to be back?
In terms of impact work, like running or squash court or
whatever, it will be another four or five weeks I would have
thought, itís not till the end of the world. I did my first
training session yesterday, it was quite laughable really, I was
hobbling round the gym with the crutches on. But the trainer set
me some very simple work to do, so, Iím already up and running,
but, in terms of movement, thatís a while off yet.
About my return, itís much about see how it happens, I donít
want to rush the rehab, itís a good time to have it, weíve got
plenty of time, and itís three or four months now, so it would
be silly to rush it. So, just let it happen.
The injury comes first, but it would be nice to think that I
have a chance to make it hopefully to that World Games in China
in July, and hopefully get the ball rolling in August. If things
go well, I might be able to be up and running by the end of
June, and being able to play French Leagues finals, Iíve got my
team there, Iím really going to try and get there for them,
because I know the team really wants to win it, and I would like
to be able to help.
Are you missing the Europeans?
Itís such an interesting and a social event, Iím sad to miss it,
itís a good briging together of different teams, you see a lot
of people you donít normally see when you play on the Tour, so I
miss it, and of course, I wish them luck!
Iím watching, of course, I want them to do as well as they can,
Iíll be at the end of the phone, Iíve spoken to or had texts
from a couple of them, just telling them good luck really.
It will be tough, the French match looks an interesting
prospect, it will be hard, Thierry and Greg are in great form,
so, thatís going to be tough this year, interesting as always,
and Iím wishing all the best luck possible to the England Team,
both men and women.