JAMIE WALKER today revealed how he underwent shockwave therapy in an effort to cure his knee injury. However, the Hearts winger still remains several weeks away from a comeback.
He hasn’t played for a month and could be missing until Christmas as coaching and medical staff try to ensure the problem heals fully. Walker has completed the shockwave treatment but will stay sidelined for another few weeks until pain subsides.
“I’ve had shockwave therapy over the last few weeks but I’m still a month or so away from coming back,” he admitted. “It is wee shocks being sent into your knee which helps the knock, but it’s still a bit sore, so I am taking it easy.
“It’s something which is relative to my injury and thankfully it seems to have helped. It’s like a big hairdryer. It sends the waves straight into the knee and breaks up the tissue and helps it heal. It’s not sore, it’s okay. It’s healing slowly and, after talking to the gaffer, I’m taking it easy.
“Hopefully I’ll be back training but some days it is sore, some days it is okay. I just need to take it as it comes and hopefully I am back sooner rather than later.”
Walker stressed he would be willing to play through the pain for the rest of the season if necessary, although he may need an operation if the problem persists. “There is surgery I can get, which involves getting the bone shaved to help things smooth out,” he explained.
“That means two months out so it could be an option at the end of the season. If it doesn’t go away then I’ll need to play through the pain barrier for this season and get it done at the end of the season.
“I think it’s just an injury which has come from playing a lot, training a lot. I’ve also had problems with my knee in the past which didn’t help. I’ve had long lay-offs before – I did a metatarsal – and I just need to try to keep my head up and work hard in my rehab.
“I’m okay at watching the games.
“Thankfully, the lads are doing well and hopefully we’ll stay near the top of the table.
“I’m driving myself on during the rehab and trying to get fit, but I also have my family and my son who keep me happy every day. I’ll keep the head up.”
Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson insisted the 22-year-old will not be rushed back into action under any circumstances. “He’s finished the treatment so it’s just a case of building him back up again. It’s important we get him right,” said Neilson. “He’s had this issue with the tendons in his knee so it’s vital we don’t push him too early. It might be another few weeks before we have him back.
“This injury dates back to when he was a kid and it’s flaring up every now and again. We want to let it settle down again. He’s a big player for us for the rest of the season and that’s why I don’t want to rush him back. We want him 100 per cent when he returns.”