Hummel says his op was a success

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The Namibian centre back has had continual troubles with the injury since his return to Swallows from Luch-Energiya Vladivostok at the beginning of 2006.

“I am smiling because the injury is now healed and I am starting my rehabilitation on Friday. I just hope that this injury never troubles me again because it has already put me through enough frustration,” he tells snl24.com/kickoff.

“I went for an operation towards the end of last year where a small bone, taken from my hip, was inserted in the troublesome area on my shin. It seems the bones in the area where I broke my leg a long while ago didn’t want to heal and had fractured again due to the impact of jumping on hard surfaces.

_quote“I then used crutches for a while but I am now feeling fine, walking without the aid of those sticks.”

Towards the end of last season the former Hellenic defender made a return to action after feeling he had fully recovered from the recurring injury but it then resurfaced during the early part of the current campaign.

“I don’t feel pain anymore and I am convinced this time that the injury is gone for good.

“I now need to work on strengthening the muscles and regain my fitness before I start competing for a place in the team. But before the end of the month I should be back in full training while by the time the games begin I should be ready for action,” says Hummel.