James McPake on his back injury and getting back to fitness

Coventry City defender James McPake has been saying how he feared that his career was over.

Speaking to the CT's Andy Turner, the Scot said: “I really feared my career could be over because it wasn’t just week after week, it was month after month and I wasn’t feeling any better. 

“I had three broken bones in my back, a muscle tear at the same time and it never healed so they had to go in and fix it.

“So having hoped it would be OK I finally got my operation in May and, to be honest, it was a horrible time because there were periods when I thought I would never get back.

"I have had bad injuries before but that was definitely the worst.

“Even in July after the op I still wasn’t right. Surgically, they said everything went well and everything was fine so I think there was a big mental barrier and I had to keep plugging away.

“And now it’s just nice to get out on the pitch in front of a crowd again because it has been a long time.

“My last proper game was against Ipswich on January 1st. I played a few days later but not for long and then I played against Bury at the start of the season but I wasn’t really fit, so Doncaster last week was my first real game and hopefully I can kick on now.

“This is where you get your real fitness and although I felt OK against Donny I blew up a bit with ten minutes to go, but I had no other option to keep going.