Injured Raider reveals frustration
PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 January 2016
Chong 'gutted' at broken thumb
London Raiders utility player Liam Chong has revealed his frustration after being sidelined with injury.
Chong looks set for a spell on the sidelines after breaking his thumb in last weekend’s 4-2 home defeat against the Isle of Wight, ruling him out of this weekend’s meetings with Chelmsford and Oxford.
The 23-year-old could be out for as many as six weeks, but is hoping to return sooner.
He said: “I have broken my thumb after blocking a shot. I’m gutted that it happened as it is the beginning of a new year and that’s usually a fresh start, but these things happen in hockey.
“It’s a rough sport and sometimes you get hurt. I’ve had a lot of experience with injuries before so the rehabilitation of it shouldn’t be too difficult.
“However it does instill a sense of reality as I am not playing as a professional any more and the consequences of it affect my non-hockey life.”
The GB junior international suffered a bad knee injury while with the English Premier League Manchester Phoenix, but has been a key figure for Raiders in the National League over the past 18 months.
His absence will be felt by coach Alan Blyth, but Chong believes his team-mates will be able to cope without him.
He added: “Over the Christmas period it seems the team have stated to gel and we were getting some good results.
“The changing room is lively as ever, even when the results don’t go our way which is one of the best things about playing for London as we win and lose as a team.”
Raiders have lost their last three matches, following up a 7-1 defeat at Invicta – when Chong was ejected with a match penalty for interference – with a 5-3 home reverse against Bracknell, without the suspended Chong, and the loss to their namesakes most recently.
The club added goalie Ryan Bainborough to their roster in midweek following the departure of George Alley and Chong, who is averaging a point per game this season despite playing a lot of matches on defence, is trying to remain positive despite his own setback.
He said: “As for the upcoming weeks it’s hard to say how things will go. I’m definitely going to miss playing and doing my best for the team, but I think the addition of Ryan Bainborough should help strengthen and solidify our defence.”