Kim's buzzing to be back
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 3:22PM GMT, Tuesday, 06 January 2015
The Charlton womenís team received a welcome boost before Christmas as club captain Kim Dixson played her first match in 14 months against Maidstone United.
Iím buzzing to be back - itís been a long time coming
Dixson, who was one of five Addicks players to suffer an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury last season, lasted the full 90 minutes and captained her side to a 7-0 Ryman Cup quarter final win.
The 27-year-old slotted in well, supplying the cross from which Kit Graham headed home the seventh goal and generally looking like she had never been away.
And, after a long and frustrating spell on the sidelines, “one year, two months and 16 days” to be precise, Dixson has set her sights on winning her place back in the heart of midfield this year.
Speaking after the Maidstone tie, she said: “I’m buzzing to be back - it’s been a long time coming. It’s good to play 90 minutes again; for me it’s just about getting minutes under my belt and just getting my touch and passing range back.
“Getting minutes for the reserves and training with the reserves I’ve really enjoyed that and I think that’s really helped me to build my confidence and they’ve all been really good as well.
“[The physio team’s] aim was first game back in January and I’ve played three games now so pretty much come back sooner than expected.
“I wanted to come back before Christmas anyway just to get fitness in before Christmas. That was my aim, I’ve done that and now I need to push on and cement a place in the first team.
“It’d be great to come in and help the team – they’re in a great position at the moment so there’s no reason why we can’t push on for the rest of the season.”
Last season was a tough one for Charlton, with ACL injuries to numerous key players busying Simon Webster and his team of physios.
Dixson is the third player to have returned so far, after striker Gemma Shepherd at the start of the season and, more recently, centre back Jordan Butler made their comebacks.
Two players remain out, winger Jenny Newman and full back Chloe Shields, and the skipper reckons the experience the physios gained last term will aid their rehabilitation programmes.
“I did my ACL,” Dixson explained. “We’ve had five of them in the last year. It’s good we’re all coming back now though and obviously everyone’s on a different path - it shows we can all get back.
“I think it helps the physios. Obviously they’ve had two before and with me being the third they knew what had worked and what hadn’t so the people like Chloe and Jenny are going to get really good care because there’s been a few before them.
“All the people that have done it have all got the right attitudes, all got the right mindset – they want to play football – so it was never in anyone’s mind that they would give up or anything like that.”