Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Glenn Ferguson: Adamant Tim will return

Mental strength is the key during a fightback

MY best wishes go to Linfield team-mate Timmy Adamson as he begins his fightback from yet another injury lay-off.

The players were informed last week about his decision to take a break from the club and I know everyone at Windsor is supportive of him in what is a very difficult time.

He's a good lad with great talent but has just been very unfortunate with injuries ever since joining us from Dungannon Swifts.

He initially had a problem with his groin and, following an operation, was still complaining about suffering pain upon his return.

After battling back from a lengthy injury, it takes mental strength to accept you might have to begin the walk along the road to recovery once again so soon later and perhaps a break from football altogether is just what Timmy needs.

I don't know how long he's planning to take off - be it six months or a year - all I know is that, if he can get his head showered and give his body a full rest from the game, that will prove beneficial to him in the long term.

He is the latest in a long line of players to pick up really nasty injuries at Linfield and I'm sure he'll be able to rely on the support of others as he attempts to work his way back to full fitness once again.

Oran Kearney, for example, has suffered some absolutely rotten luck since his switch from Ballymena.

He was superb in his first year before being sidelined with a hip problem. He returned, though, to bag something like five goals in 10 games ahead of doing his cruciate which meant another long spell out of the game.

He has shown real courage to work his way back and, along with Conor Downey - another horrific injury victim - has been joining in training recently, which must be a massive boost to them psychologically.

Winkie Murphy and Davy Larmour have also gone through some injury nightmares in the last few seasons, but they worked their way back after big lay-offs.

Hopefully Timmy can take inspiration from others and I look forward to seeing him in a Linfield shirt once again.

Supporters will relish opportunity to pull on the jersey

BEST of luck to everyone competing in this afternoon's Irish League Supporters Tournament at Jordanstown.

Occasions like this have become more and more frequent in recent years and have no doubt proved hugely beneficial when it comes to forging relationships between different clubs.

I know from watching the odd supporters' game that they're just as passionate as the real thing and I've no doubt everyone competing in today's tournament will take great pride in pulling on their respective jerseys.

This is the sort of good news story that often goes unnoticed because of how Irish League fans are perceived.

The idea that they can put club rivalries aside (sort of!) to have a bit of a laugh together is not something that many would entertain, but I think it would be great if such competitions were more commonplace as an aid of strengthening links between clubs.

Who knows, you might even get the odd Irish League player showing up to cast an eye over proceedings during the course of the afternoon, even if only to offer a little bit of shall we say sound advice from the safety of the sidelines - let's see how you like it!

White hot display

LAST week's 5-1 win over Lisburn Distillery was easily Linfield's best performance of the season so far.

Such a big scoreline came as a bit of a surprise, but we got at them from the start and could have had seven, eight or nine by the end.

The early goal really set them back, but I think we did very well to shackle Distillery's best players.

Andrew Waterworth was well marshalled by Winkie Murphy and Kris Lindsay, while Ryan McCann wasn't allowed to play his usual game as he was swamped in the middle of the park.

I'm sure the Whites will bounce back, but hopefully this is the beginning of Linfield finding their best form.

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