Charlton Athletic Football Club Women
Addicks boosted by Butler return
Addicks boosted by Butler return
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 1:57AM UTC, Friday, 23 August 2013
The Charlton women’s team have been boosted by the news defender Jordan Butler is likely be fit for Sunday’s season opener against West Ham, her first competitive game for exactly 17 months.
Quote by: Jordan Butler“We had such a good team last year, with the setup we have, so definitely winning the league [this season] is an aim, which isn’t unrealistic either.” Quote by: Jordan Butler
Jordan Butler
Jordan was replaced half an hour into an FA Women’s Premier League Cup clash against Gillingham back in March 2012 after tearing the medial meniscus in her right knee.

It was an injury that was supposed to keep her out for just six months but, nearly a year and a half later, her long, hard road to recovery is almost complete.

“It has been a lot longer than I expected,” she said, citing a failed initial operation as the cause of the long delay.

“They originally thought it was just an MCL strain but after an MRI they found I had torn part of my meniscus.

“The first op they tried to stitch it back together but that didn’t work so in the second op they removed the part that was torn.

“I did it at the end of March last year and rested it until the first operation at the beginning of July. Then I was in a full leg brace for six-eight weeks.

“After that I started doing rehab - bending and trying to put some weight on it - but it became apparent I was getting too much pain from it.

“Then I went back and had my second op in December and I was up and walking about a week after that one so I could tell it did something different from the first one.”

It has taken a lot of willpower for the former England under 19 international to get back, and hours of missed training sessions seeing the Addicks’ head physio Simon Webster.

And Jordan praised the former Charlton captain as “an absolute godsend” throughout the course of her treatment and rehabilitation.

She added: “To be honest I would never, ever have got through it without Simon. He’s just been such a great help and he’s such a good physio.

“I think where he has experience being injured and getting back into it himself, he knows it’s not just a physical thing, it’s more of a mental thing as well: getting up and doing things, silly things like bending your knee and you think ‘why am I doing this?’”

And now the hard part is over the centre back is ready and raring to go, having joined the first team squad on their pre-season training camp in Portugal, where she played 45 minutes in Charlton’s 5-1 friendly win against A Dos Francos.

“I have wanted to get back from day dot so after getting the all-clear from Simon, getting into the swing of things was so easy,” she said.

“Last year I struggled a bit because where I’m not in the changing room and I’m not training and when I turn up on Thursday I’m in the physio room from eight until ten so I never really saw the girls.

“But there was no point coming back and putting my body through so much strain for the sake of a couple of games at the end of the season that weren’t going to have a big effect on our finish in the league.

“When you’re injured you’ve got to get in the right mentality that things take time to heal and the more you push it the more worse it’s going to be and the more damage you will do.”

Last season the Addicks got the disappointing news that they would not be able to compete in the FA Women’s Super League, leading to fears over whether the squad would stay together.

However, new manager Stuart Weston has kept the vast majority of the side that finished fifth and seventh in the second tier for the previous two seasons.

And former Millwall Lionesses player Jordan revealed she had no second thoughts on re-signing for Charlton for the next three years.

“When I came from Millwall the year before last it was definitely the best move I could have made. The girls are great, the club is great - I couldn’t have asked for much more.

“After the support and everything they did for me last year I couldn’t walk away so there was never a doubt in my mind that I wasn’t going to come back.

“We had such a good team last year, with the setup we have, so definitely winning the league [this season] is an aim, which isn’t unrealistic either.”

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