SHANE Cansdell-Sherriff is so determined to stay fit for Burton Albion’s League Two run-in that he has run from the Pirelli Stadium to St George’s Park – while nursing a triple break in his cheekbone.
The 31-year-old centre-half completed the seven-mile, largely uphill run as part of his rehabilitation following the injury on New Year’s Day.
Brewers boss Gary Rowett says the undertaking shows perfectly the on-loan Australian’s character.
“You can tell a lot about the character of a player when he’s out injured,” said the manager. “Shane wanted to run from the ground to the training ground.
“He did that on Friday with (sports scientist) Jack Sharkey and I think it’s about seven miles.
“It sums up his character.
“He could’ve stayed up in Preston and done his rehab, but he’s itching to get among the lads and stay down here.”
Cansdell-Sherriff, on loan from Preston for the rest of the season, ran from the Pirelli along Princess Way, down the Trent & Mersey Canal to Shobnall and then up Shobnall Road, Forest Road and Henhurst Hill to Five Lane Ends before arriving at the FA Centre.
He is making good progress after sustaining the nasty injury in the 0-0 draw at Mansfield and is almost back in full training with the rest of the squad.
“Shane’s making really good progress,” said Rowett. “We’re hoping he can join in with some of the first-team training this week.
“He won’t be able to play in the full contact stuff and can’t be tackled, but there are other things he can do.
“He can do the running and some bits and pieces.
“Fitness isn’t going to be an issue when Shane comes back.
“It’s more about when he’s fully healed, which will hopefully be by the end of the month.
“He’s got a metal plate in his face and there’s a timescale on it of three to four weeks.
“We’re hopeful he will be back quickly.”
Striker Michael Symes should also be back in training soon after a niggling knee problem.
The 30-year-old tried to come back too early from the injury and suffered a slight setback - but is still right in Rowett’s plans despite a stop-start campaign.
“Symesy came back and felt a twinge in his knee last week,” said Rowett. “He probably came back a little bit too early and will probably be out for another week.
“I hope he’ll be back fully fit by the end of the transfer window and give us some good food for thought.
“We’ve got a little bit of a target man in Symesy - he’s just been unlucky not to feature more.”