盧克-馬歇爾。阿爾斯特中鋒在長期傷停期間擔心職業生涯會結束

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盧克-馬歇爾。阿爾斯特中鋒在長期傷停期間擔心職業生涯會結束

阿爾斯特中鋒盧克-馬歇爾承認,當他從嚴重的膝傷中掙扎回來時,有幾次他擔心自己的職業生涯已經結束。

第二次膝傷使他缺席了16個月,直到3月份才重新為阿爾斯特出戰。

"你肯定會有那些[關於被迫退休]的想法,"馬歇爾告訴阿爾斯特橄欖球秀。

十年前,馬歇爾為阿爾斯特隊取得了突破,他的表現為他贏得了2012-13年Pro12年度最佳年輕球員獎和愛爾蘭隊的一個席位。

然而,在確立了自己在阿爾斯特隊中的關鍵地位後,馬歇爾在2018年5月前十字韌帶斷裂後,在邊線上呆了10個月。

而在克服了迫使他錯過2019-20賽季結束的臀部問題後,馬歇爾在那年11月再次傷到了膝蓋。

一年多後,他才再次穿上阿爾斯特的球衣上場,但這位31歲的球員在最近幾個月給人留下了深刻的印象,他承認在該省的年輕中鋒詹姆斯-休姆和斯圖爾特-摩爾的服務下,他對這種長期停工感到掙扎。

在周五阿爾斯特對斑馬軍團的橄欖球錦標賽之前,他說。"阿爾斯特在過去的三、四年裡,特別是在過去的兩年裡取得了巨大的進步。

"看到這一點很好,但同時你也會想'他們在沒有我的情況下也在進步,我已經不像以前那麼年輕了',所以你會有這些疑慮。

"有些時候,比如四年前我第一次做膝蓋手術時,那是一次完全撕裂,那並不理想。

"第二次我扭傷了,所以我以為我會在六到八周內恢復,但後來我做了七個月的康復訓練,在那個階段,它並沒有變得更好。

"我去找了另一位外科醫生,他說'你需要再次做十字韌帶'。那七個月可能是最艱難的時期。掃描結果顯示前十字韌帶沒有問題,這很艱難,因為你知道它不對,但我們一直在進行康復訓練,這很令人沮喪。

"一旦我接受了第二次手術,我知道這將是9或10個月的時間,但至少那裡是明確的。"

馬歇爾認為理療師彼得-斯庫利翁在他的傷病困擾期間使他保持在正確的軌道上,他也承認他在季前賽中努力保持步伐。

"季前賽像一噸磚頭一樣砸到了我,"馬歇爾承認,他上次為愛爾蘭隊效力是在2017年。

"我只是覺得落後於比賽的節奏。我記得有幾次回到家裡對格蕾絲(他的妻子)說:'我完了,我沒有跟上節奏,我幾乎讓自己感到尷尬'。

"我不知道我是否能繼續在這個水平上打球,但我在季前賽中恢復到了一個體面的水平,並認為我在那場比賽中表現不錯。我對自己[本賽季]參加的比賽很滿意。"

在恢復健康後,馬歇爾在阿爾斯特隊中與斯圖爾特-麥克羅斯基一起給人留下了深刻的印象,他在俱樂部的表現為他在愛爾蘭的秋季比賽中贏得了突出的地位。

從現在起到1月1日,將有三場國際比賽和兩場歐洲比賽,馬歇爾把接下來的比賽作為一個機會,在阿爾斯特追求銀器的賽季的關鍵時期蓬勃發展。

"我們下周有萊恩斯特隊,這是最重要的比賽,然後是在拉羅謝爾的歐洲冠軍隊。

"我很想參與這些比賽,在頂級水平上測試自己,並再次踢球。"

在北京時間11月24日星期四22:00的BBC Two Northern Ireland的The Ulster Rugby Show上觀看盧克-馬歇爾的完整採訪。


Ulster centre Luke Marshall admits there were times when he feared his career was over as he battled back from a serious knee injury.

A second knee injury kept him out for 16 months before returning to action for Ulster in March.

"You definitely have those thoughts [about being forced to retire]," Marshall told The Ulster Rugby Show.

Marshall broke through for Ulster a decade ago with his performances earning him the 2012-13 Pro12 Young Player of the Year award and a spot in the Ireland team.

However, having established himself as a key cog in the Ulster team, Marshall spent 10 months on the sideline after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in May 2018.

And after overcoming a hip problem that forced him to miss the conclusion of the 2019-20 campaign, Marshall injured his knee again that November.

It would be well over a year before he took to the field in an Ulster jersey again, but with the 31-year-old having impressed in recent months, he admits to having struggled with such extended lay-offs while the province progressed with the services of younger centres James Hume and Stewart Moore.

Speaking ahead of Ulster's United Rugby Championship fixture against Zebre on Friday, he said: "Ulster have progressed so well over the last three, four years, particularly over the last two years.

"It's great to see, but at the same time you're going 'they're progressing without me and I'm not as young as I once was' so you have those doubts.

"There were times, like when I did my knee the first time four years ago, that was a full tear and that wasn't ideal.

"The second time I did it I sprained it so I thought I was going to get back within six to eight weeks, but then I did seven months of rehab and at that stage it wasn't getting better.

"Went to another surgeon and he said 'you need your ACL done again'. That seven-month period was probably the toughest. The scans were showing the ACL was fine and that's tough because you know it's not right, but we kept on hammering at the rehab and that was frustrating.

"Once I got the second surgery, I knew it was going to be nine or 10 months, but at least there was clarity there."

Marshall, who credited physiotherapist Peter Scullion for keeping him on the right track during his injury woes, also admitted he struggled to keep pace during pre-season.

"Pre-season hit me like a tonne of bricks," admitted Marshall, who last played for Ireland in 2017.

"I just felt behind the pace of the game. I remember coming home to Grace [his wife] a couple of times and saying 'I'm done, I'm not at the pace and I'm nearly embarrassing myself'.

"I didn't know if I could keep playing at this level, but I got back up to a decent level for the pre-season game and thought I went well in that. I'm happy with the games I've been in [this season]."

Having regained his fitness, Marshall has impressed for Ulster alongside Stuart McCloskey, whose club form earned him a prominent role in Ireland's autumn campaign.

And with three interpros and two European games to come between now and 1 January, Marshall is targeting the next block of games as an opportunity to flourish during a key period of the season in Ulster's quest for silverware.

"We have Leinster next week, which is as big as it gets and then the European champions in La Rochelle.

"I'd love to be involved in those games, test myself at the top level and kick on again."

Watch the full Luke Marshall interview on The Ulster Rugby Show on BBC Two Northern Ireland at 22:00 GMT on Thursday, 24 November.

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