Versatile Turnbull pleased to be back after suffering injury in FA Cup tie

Defender played on with injury against Derby

Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 5:50 pm
Jordan Turnbull injured himself in the original tie against Derby

Cobblers defender Jordan Turnbull has revealed details of the hip injury he sustained during last month's FA Cup tie against Derby County.

The 25-year-old suffered the injury with about 20 minutes played in the original fourth round tie at the PTS Stadium, but managed to see the game out.

The pain soon kicked in though and he was ruled out for the next three matches before returning to the squad against Port Vale on Saturday.

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"It was quite early in the game," Turnbull explained. "I made a challenge over by the goal and I felt it straightaway if I'm honest.

"I think the adrenaline got me through the game. I was in a bit of pain at half-time actually but I managed to get on with it.

"But leading up to the next game I couldn't really do anything and I had to take a couple of weeks out.

"It healed fine, I got back in the squad on Saturday and I was happy to be back out on the pitch on Tuesday because ultimately I want to be playing every game I can.

"I'm happy it's healed quite quickly. Nacho (physio) said it could be up to three or four weeks but I'm quite a fit lad and I'm lucky that my body heals quickly.

"I'm just pleased to be back out involved again. I've been fine for just over a week, it was just the manager being careful but I'm back in the swing of things and now I'm looking forward to Saturday's game."

Turnbull again demonstrated his versatility when he slotted into central midfield for Tuesday's visit of Swindon Town.

"It helps to be versatile," he added. "When the manager needs someone to do a job, you've got to do it.

"There's a lot of competition for places now and I've been happy with my performances wherever I've played this season.

"It was a different role back in central midfield but I've played there in and out a few times for the manager.

"Swindon like to keep the ball on the floor and play football so he put me in there to disrupt it as much as I could and to get the ball and get it wide so I tried to do that as best as I could."