Injuries are part and parcel of football. However when he is an horrific skull fracture, it is a little bit more serious than your bog standard hamstring strain.
That is what happened to The New Saints winger Adrian Cieslewicz following a clash of heads in the Saints’ win over Llandudno in August.
He suffered a skull fracture, but after spending time in hospital and time on the sidelines, he returned earlier than expected last week, firing in the third goal in a 3-1 win over Cardiff Met.
After his return, Jonny Drury went to speak to the Polish winger about his rocky road to recovery.
“It has been a long time coming and I was like a little kid coming back onto the pitch after five months off,” said the former Wrexham and Kidderminster Harriers man.
“It didn’t help seeing the incident back the next day when I was lying in my hospital bed.
“It didn’t look as serious in real time, but I felt the impact and wouldn’t recommend the pain to anyone else.
“Lucky enough the player I collided with there was nothing wrong with him.
“My pace is my strength, but it was my weakness this time really, as I got there to the ball before him.
“It was a bit windy, the ball was there to be won for both, but unlucky for me I came off worse.”
What followed was five weeks on the sideline for the 26-year-old winger.
However after rehabilitation in the gym, moving into training sessions with fellow team-mates, and on to his return against Cardiff Met last week.
Cieslewicz found the net in a perfect return, and he said there was no doubt he would recover and be back playing again.
He added: “The doctors said to me it would be six months out, so to get back after five is delightful.
“Looking back I was told I was going to play again and there was no need for an operation.
“So there was light at the end of the tunnel, and I knew I would be back.
“Craig Harrison has praised the work I have done in the gym, it is the work that no one sees so that was nice.
“I’ve been lucky enough be injury free for most of my career, apart from the odd hamstring, so it has been a frustrating time on the sidelines.”
The goal was a perfect early Christmas present for the winger.
And despite being out of action for five months, Cieslewicz was kept busy following the arrival of his son three months ago.
He is looking forward to Cieslewicz junior’s first Christmas, and hopefully a regular return to the starting line-up.
He said: “Coming back was great, I nearly gave them a goal though, I set up a counter attack with a bad touch.
“It is a busy time for me at the moment, my son is three months old now so he’s very lively at the moment.
“It is a very busy period for everyone, but it will be nice.
“It’s a tough task for me to get back in now. Lads go out and others come in and do the same job.
“All I can do is keep working hard and hope to return to the team.”
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