By Sahr Morris Jnr.
Mustapha Dumbuya feared he would never play again this season and has praised Notts County’s medical staff for dragging him through his injury nightmare.
The full-back has only just returned to Notts’ back four after missing a large chunk of the season with a troublesome groin injury.
But the former Portsmouth defender made his comeback in the goalless draw against Leyton Orient and completed another 90 minutes in the 3-2 defeat against Tranmere.
It was a welcome relief for Dumbuya, who hailed the physio staff at Meadow Lane for helping him not just physically but also mentally.
“There were times that I thought I would never come back this season,” he said.
“But John Wilson (head of medicine) is an amazing physio and so too is Becky (Knight).
“They really helped me not just physically, but mentally as well.
“When you are by yourself it is very difficult and the first time I was injured when it was myself John ensured my spirits were kept high.
“He has bad banter, but in a good way, he is an amazing person and he really knows how to lift your spirits.
“He’s more than just a physio when you are injured, he is your friend too which was really good.”
Dumbuya revealed how being at home offered little respite when he was sidelined, but says books by renowned American motivator Eric Thomas helped.
“There were days when I just thought ‘this is just getting too long’ and that I couldn’t take it anymore,” said the 26-year-old.
“I was living by myself and when you go home you think about it more because you just don’t have any company.
“It was difficult but you just have to appreciate there are injuries which are worse than mine.”But I read a lot of motivational books by the likes of Eric Thomas.
“I read a lot of his stuff and watch a lot of his videos.”When you are feeling low, it’s just a way of picking myself up.”