By Ed Leahy
Sean St Ledger remains sidelined through injury and has admitted that he is frustrated by his prolonged spell on the treatment table.
The Republic of Ireland defender has been out injured since October and needs to get back to full training soon or else he will be in danger of missing Ireland’s upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria.
The Leicester City centre-half picked up the hamstring strain in a Championship clash with Bristol City and subsequently missed Ireland’s qualifiers against Germany and the Faroe Islands.
St Ledger’s injury was assessed as a grade two hamstring strain, which usually takes about four to six weeks to heal, but complications in the recovery are now proving frustrating for the former Preston man.
“I knew when I first did it, that it was pretty bad. It was a grade two hamstring, almost grade three, so I knew I was going to be a long time out but never anticipated it would be this long,” he said.
"I’ve got a bit of blood stuck in there that just won’t go away" - Sean St Ledger
“There has been a few complications along the way but I just want to get back fit now. I’ve got a bit of blood stuck in there that just won’t go away and that’s obviously hindering my recovery.
“It’s a pretty rare problem but I just have to get on with it and try and get fit as soon as possible. They spoke about having it drained but I don’t really want that.
“I’ve not really missed too many games in my career and this is probably the longest that I have been out.”
The 27-year-old may also travel to Germany for treatment with specialist doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt.
The Bayern Munich club doctor’s client list is a who’s who of international sport and U2 frontman Bono, but has often courted controversy with some of his methods, which included the injecting of goat’s blood.
St Ledger also missed a spell at the start of the 2012-13 season with a medial ligament injury.