Clem's Italian Job
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Stephen Clemence has visited Mauricio Taricco's specialist in Italy to help cure the groin problems that halted his comeback from an ankle injury.
Clem hit the comeback trail in the reserves in late November, followed by two games for the second-string at the training ground. His return was then aborted when groin problems surfaced.
"I played three reserve games and then started to get a bit of pain in my groin," reported Clem, who then visited specialists to assertain the right course of action.
"I've been seeing a few specialists and I've been to Italy. Hopefully I'm getting the right treatment and I'll be back soon.
"I been undergoing some treatment in Italy. I'm not really sure what it was, I've had a few different opinions, to be honest, but this fella in Italy thinks it is coming from my back.
"He says that's why I'm getting the groin pains, so hopefully this will be the end of it and I'll be back training in a couple of weeks.
"He's the man that got Taricco back when he had his groin problems. Tano swears by him and thinks he's great. I'm trusting him at the minute and hopefully he'll get me back playing soon."
What with getting crocked in only the third game of the season at Blackburn, it has not been a season to remember for the midfielder.
"It's very frustrating, the worst season of my life. Hopefully I'll put it all behind me soon and get a few games under my belt if I can get back in the team."
Clem adds that his return from his latest setback is to be determined by his doctor, but hopes to be back in training soon.
"In ten days-two weeks hopefully. I haven't set an actual time, it's what the doctor in Italy says. It's in his hands really, what he tells me to do.
"A condition of going there is that he says you have to do it his way."
By Richard Hubbard