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PEARSON: “I’VE BEEN DYING TO DO THAT!”

6 January 2023

Huddersfield Town central defender reflects on important milestone in rehabilitation

- Matty Pearson plays first match since injuring foot
- Injury occurred in pre-season vs Bolton Wanderers
- Huddersfield Town defender discusses rehabilitation

Playing the first half of our B Team friendly vs Accrington Stanley, today was an important milestone in defender Matty Pearson’s rehabilitation from the foot injury that has kept him sidelined for the entirety of the 2022/23 season to date.

Displacing a bone in his foot during a challenge early into Town’s final pre-season fixture against Bolton Wanderers at the University of Bolton Stadium, the fan favourite defender has been out of action since July.

Playing the opening 45 minutes for Jon Worthington’s B Team in a friendly against Accrington Stanley at the Millers Oils High Performance Complex, these were Pearson’s first minutes since the injury six months ago, marking an important milestone in his recovery following surgery and rehabilitation.

Reflecting on the match, his own performance, his feelings and what the future holds, our number four said:

“It’s been a long time coming! I’ve been dying to do that.

“This is the work I thought I was getting done in pre-season and then I got this injury.

“My foot feels alright, I’m just getting used to playing on it again.

“It’s like when I’m working on my fitness and doing the sprinting drills, I couldn’t move for three days afterward but that’s what happens when you haven’t been involved for six months.

“I hope I can get back involved soon, but that’s up to the medical staff and Head Coach.

“I just want to get back and help the lads more than anything. We’re not in a great position in the league obviously, so I just want to do anything I can to help.

“Today I thought I was a little sloppy the first 10 minutes, but I’m just happy to get back out there, that was the main thing today.

“My focus is just to make sure my foot is alright and get my match fitness back, then I can help where I can.”

Not the only notable appearance for Town in the game, Kyle Hudlin also scored his first for the Club as he got his first 45 minutes as a Terrier in since returning from loan.


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