Ashley Barnes Opens Up About His Absence Due to Injury
Burnley’s Ashley Barnes has not had the chance to play soccer since the start of 2020. He needed to have an operation which has sidelined him since.
Barnes has been at home ever since the turn of the new decade. He is hoping to be fit enough when the season resumes so he can return to playing. He has kept in touch with his teammates and it has kept him in high spirits. It is nice to see teammates being supportive of their fallen comrade in his time of need.
As expected, he misses everything about the team. The training ground and even the staff that are present during home games. He addressed himself longing for a return to normalcy. He said, ‘It feels like a long time since I have been on the pitch. We have a group chat and a Zoom chat but it is not the same and you miss the connection with the lads. I miss the training ground and talking to the security guards when you drive in and speaking to reception and the kitchen staff. Everyone at the building really, you just miss seeing people's faces’.
Barnes is known to be one of the liveliest players on the team. Because of this, it is not surprising to learn that he is one of the regular contributors to the team group chat. He does this because he always wants to promote camaraderie with the team. He wants to instil a culture of fun within the team so that they can get along more easily.
He said, ‘It has not been quite as busy because we can have a chat on Zoom. We all have our say and a few of the lads are quieter than others but I like to have a bit of banter as everyone knows. Most of the time is just battering Chaz or Charlie Taylor, to be honest’.
Alongside his regular interactions with his teammates through the phone, he has helped his children to take up homeschooling during this lockdown period due to the global pandemic. The team’s fitness coach Tom Short has been keeping the players in check with regular training instructions.
He has said that he has experienced some slight struggles with his injury recently but thankfully it is nothing major anymore. He details his experience rehabilitating during the season suspension. Barnes said, ‘I have been doing all I can. I have got little exercises that I am doing and I am doing those two or three times a day to keep on top of everything. I was doing running with all the lads before we left and had been training for a few weeks and everything was good. Just before we stopped I had a little niggle but nothing massive’.
Words: Cholo Martin