He suffered what appeared to be a career-shattering injury about a year ago. There were fears that a comeback was impossible and that even if he returned, his performance could be bad. But those fears seem to have vanished now as rugged midfielder, Jackson Owusu looks set to join his teammates for competitive football in the 2016/17 season.
Jackson, Kotoko Express has found out, completed the last phase of his recovery programme for his shin surgery.
He’s been declared fit to play. Physiotherapist, Cosmos Appiah, who disclosed this to Asantekotokosc.com, said the midfielder has come out of the recovery stages without any hitch. He’s fit enough to compete for a place in the team.
Jackson Owusu went through a difficult time when he signed for the Porcupines. But he gave indications of an excellent form in the pre-season of last year only to be totally ruled out of the season after breaking his shin in an unauthorized community match, six days to start of the season. He immediately had a surgery at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi.
He resumed training with the rest of the squad at the start a couple of weeks back. He looked slimmer than the time he sustained the injury. He was given special training programme. He had an Intramodular Nail (loosely called metal) in his shin.
“He was given a two-week break recently. He used the period to finish the recovery process” Cosmos Appiah disclosed. “He removed the Intramodular Nail at KATH last Friday and went back to the hospital to have the stitches removed. The fact that you see him training with his colleagues means that he is through with his recovery. He can now train and play”.
When contacted, Jackson Owusu described his injury, the sideling and recovery periods as a “bitter experience”. He however maintained that, he always believed he would play again. “It was a bitter experience for me. I kept my cool because I knew that, I could get back again if I adhere to recovery instructions. I’m glad to be back” Jackson disclosed.
“I’ve started training. I will do everything to win a spot in the team. I thank everyone for their support and prayers” he said. Asked how he was able to keep his shape during his recuperation, Jackson explained that, he was taking loads of food supplement from club sponsors – Herbalife. He also exercised frequently. My body doesn’t react well to fat. I put myself on diet using Herbalife products that were supplied by the club. I made sure I didn’t eat fatty food and also did a lot of exercises”.
Jackson Owusu’s injury came as a blow to the club and many fans were quick to attribute Kotoko’s relatively poor form last season to his absence. He was a pillar in the team, most supporters argued. Two things made his injury devastating to the team. First, the fact that his injury came barely a week to the start of the season and two, the fact that, it happened while he was playing a “Sunday Special” which the club frowns on.
Those matches have infamously or interestingly been termed as “Jackson Games” within the Kotoko setup. “I think I let myself, the club and the supporters down with what happened. Though it was an accident, it was something that could have been avoided. Such is life and I hope I would be forgiven” said Jackson Owusu.
“I went there to train and to prepare myself for our first game against WAFA the following week. How could I’ve known that I was going to pick such a serious injury? I’ve learnt my lessons and my advice to my colleagues is to stay away from such matches or better still, be very careful in everything they do”.