Liam Hearn set to return to Grimsby Town's training sessions (video)
LIAM Hearn’s comeback steps up a notch on Monday when he re-joins Grimsby Town’s training sessions for the first time.
Last season’s top scorer ruptured his Achilles during training in August and has been out of action ever since. In the 27-year-old’s absence, the Mariners have stormed to the Conference summit and into the FA Trophy semi-finals.
All the time, the man who netted 29 times last term has been working quietly behind the scenes on his rehab, with Town physio Dave Moore. And, as joint boss Rob Scott revealed this week, the ‘Hitman’ could be back in match action within three to four weeks.
Hearn remains cautious – but can’t hide his excitement at the prospect of playing his part in what could be a momentous campaign.
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He told the Telegraph: “Monday is set to be the first day that I train with the lads again – getting involved in the warm-up, doing a few passing drills and just easing me into it really.
“It’s been a long time and it’s important not to overdo it. “I’ve been out so long that it could result in another injury, like something in the other leg because it hasn’t been worked for so long.
“But everything is going really well and I’m ahead of schedule. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but it’s looking good.
“It will be a little bit longer before I start getting involved in the small-sided games because there’s a lot of changing of pace and direction, and a lot of tackles coming in.
“It’s small steps and hopefully I’ll be able to get back with the lads because it’s been a long time.”
Hearn admits it has been a long, hard road back to fitness, but says former Town player Moore’s role has been crucial in his recovery.
“Every day I’ve been working hard with Mooro and there’s never been a day where I haven’t done anything,” the centre-forward added.
“I’m feeling that my body’s in good shape – in fact, I’m probably in better shape now than I was in pre-season, and 8lbs lighter.
“A couple of weeks ago we started outside for the first time. That’s progressed now to doing cone-work, ball-work, and passing between me and Mooro.
“Hopefully between now and early-March the progression should be even better.”