Defender Nick Aretzis last week returned to the club, following a spell back home in Australia where he underwent an operation on a foot injury which has kept the 19-year-old out of action since pre-season.
Speaking to the club website, Aretzis discussed his injury and provided fans with an update on when they should expect to see him back on the pitch.
“I first picked up the injury during pre-season, when I went over on my ankle during a training session,” he said.
“At first, I assumed it was a sprain, but it wouldn’t go away so when we looked into what was going on in more detail, it turned out to be an issue surrounding Accessory Navicular Syndrome – which is when you have an extra bone in your foot that can cause discomfort.”
Despite returning to training, Aretzis was unable to shake the knock which left him with no option other than to fly home for an operation, which took place in early August.
Nick added: “I couldn’t manage to shake the pain away and it was always in the back of my head when playing, so decided to fly back to Australia to get the operation completed to make sure it won’t cause anymore issues going forward.
“Everything is fast back home, so I went in for an x-ray and had the operation two days later, which allowed me to spend the majority of the recovery time with my family which was nice.”
Following several months back in his homeland, the highly rated central defender has returned to Larne with the aim of completing the final stages of his recovery period, before getting back on the pitch.
“Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing some non-contact work, lots of straight line running and gym sessions at the club’s training facility. Hopefully after this I’ll be able to build up to taking part in more sessions before finally returning to full training.
“The overall aim is to return to playing matches as soon as I can with the Olympic side initially. I was part of the first team during pre-season and during the European campaign, so the ambition is to return to this set-up and keep building on my experience.”
The only other name on the Inver Reds’ injury list is midfielder Shea Gordon, who has missed the last two games with a knee injury. The summer signing is expected to return to training in the coming weeks and will hope to continue the form which saw him named September’s Player of the Month.