Gary Rogers: ‘It was important not to rush back’
By Caoimhín Reilly
Having missed the opening weeks of the season through injury, Gary Rogers kept a clean sheet on his return to Dundalk’s starting XI on Saturday night.
The Meath man had missed the first four league games and the President’s Cup with a calf injury sustained in an earlier Leinster Senior Cup tie, and is delighted to have regained both his starting place and full-fitness.
“I’m delighted to get back in,” Rogers said after the 3-0 victory over St. Patrick’s Athletic.
“We had a friendly on Wednesday night so it was nice to get that game time in and to go into tonight with that under my belt.
“Throughout my career, I really haven’t had that many injuries so it’s been frustrating for me to be watching from the sidelines for the last couple of weeks.
“But, it was important to make sure that I didn’t rush back because it’s an injury that you could re-tear so I’m happy to get the 90 minutes in and not pick up any injuries.”
Rogers also reported that he felt no ill-effects of his calf complaint during his first competitive 90 minutes of the season.
“No, it’s fine, absolutely fine.
“I didn’t rush back and I was probably in contention to be involved against Limerick but it was a little bit tight that week so we held back but it wasn’t anything major.
“It was just a precaution and there was no point in rushing back and doing damage so thankfully I’m feeling in really good shape.
“There were a couple of other injuries in the off-season that got plenty of time to settle. It was enforced rest but I’m out the right side of it now,” the 35-year-old added.