Jack jaded by injury woes

The 20-year-old was a revelation when he broke into the first team

at Goodison Park but has seen his progress stutter this term after

a number of niggling injuries. Everton’s fortunes for much of the

season mirrored those of Rodwell, with David Moyes’ men struggling

badly for form before a late surge up to seventh. After a lengthy

spell on the sidelines Rodwell, who will line up to face Manchester

United on Saturday, admitted it has been difficult to stay positive

at times. “It’s been hugely frustrating. I got the ankle injury and

was out a few months, tore my groin and then had another ankle

problem,” he told The Sun. “It was a real kick in the teeth to be

out for so long and I was really down at times. “I actually came

back early and maybe the other injuries were as a result of that,

so I desperately just want to put that behind me now. “The last

injury was difficult. When I had the scan they said it showed a

tear in my tendon, which would have been three months, a much more

serious one. “But they realised it was an old tear from the

previous ankle injury and that avoided the need for surgery, which

was obviously much better news. “It’s just so hard to keep your

spirits up and being at training makes you think of it even more

really, knowing there’s no game to look forward to. “You can get

down but you have to realise you are living the dream and injuries

are part and parcel of it – but it was really hard at times.”