Skipper determined to put nightmare period behind him

Liam Lawrence
Liam Lawrence
Pompey's Brett Pitman celebrates after scoring his second goal in their 2-0 win at Oldham. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South

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Liam Lawrence reflected on his injury woe and admitted: It’s been the most frustrating period of my life.

But the Pompey skipper has spoken of his determination to put a period of niggles behind him and fire his team to a memorable campaign.

Lawrence has been hindered by calf injuries brought on by an unusual weight balance problem.

That meant he has had to endure a nightmare period from the end of last season as he was hit with a series of setbacks.

They began when he went away on international duty with the Republic of Ireland in May and continued throughout the summer.

Lawrence’s form has been up and down this season as he has struggled to build momentum after the problems.

But the 29-year-old is confident those niggles are now behind him and is ready to show it.

Lawrence said: ‘Hopefully I can kick on now because it has been the most frustrating four months of my life, believe me.

‘The injuries, coming back, getting injured and coming back again.

‘Going away with Ireland, getting injured, pre-season, getting injured again.

‘I’ve seen specialists and had injections.

‘Now I want to put this behind me and push forward. I want this to be a good season for me and for the club.’

Getting to the bottom of the specific injury has proved to be a troublesome matter for Lawrence.

After his injury problems with Ireland, he then endured another setback after returning from the pre-season tour to America.

There was the suggestion a back injury was the cause of his woes. But further investigation proved it was, in fact, related to a problem created from years of playing football, which had weakened one side of his body.

After that was identified, Lawrence was able to set about finding a remedy.

He said: ‘The problem is my right side. I’m weaker on my right side than my left, which is quite strange.

‘With being right footed, you use your left leg to plant for kicking and checking.

‘Now I’m 29 – and after 300-odd league games – it’s made my right side weaker than my left.

‘So I’ve had to work with the specialist in the gym and getting my right side stronger.

‘It’s not the back. The specialist doesn’t think that’s the case. It’s just the strengthening thing.’