Southend had a season to forget last term, as they narrowly avoided relegation from League One with a dramatic win over Sunderland at Roots Hall.
The Shrimpers had a number of injuries that played their part in a disappointing league campaign, as they had previously been on the brink of challenging for a play-off spot.
One man that had his season cut short early into the season was defender, Ben Coker, who ruptured two knee ligaments in a defeat to Sunderland in October.
Coker left the club after his contract with Southend expired at the end of the season, and will be on the hunt to find a new club at the earliest of opportunities.
In an exclusive interview with FLW’s Jacob Potter, Coker revealed how tough it can be to recover from yet another spell on the sidelines through injury.
“It’s been very hard. The first few weeks especially are very difficult after you get the news about my knee but I tried to turn it round very quickly and focus on how I can get back as quick and as safe as I can and threw myself into training.
“It is long hours, it is a slog but you’re doing it for yourself. You’ve got to be positive when you can be as you’ll have bad days but overall you know that you’ve got to come out the other side of it and hopefully I’m not too far away from that now.”
Coker hasn’t got a specific date for his recovery, but he’s hoping to be back in action as soon as possible, with the new season edging closer to getting underway.
“I’m taking it each day as it comes. It feels better everyday, so I’m just trying to have a smooth run in which it has been. I spoke to the surgeon and he’s said I’m on track so hopefully I’ll be back in action sooner rather than later.
Coker also revealed that his future will soon be resolved, and stated that his next move will be to a League One club.
“Yes there is a move that is looking to happen, we’ll have to see over the next few weeks, I’m sure it’s going to happen. We’ll have to sit tight and wait for it to happen but it will be a League One club so I’ll be back at Roots Hall next season.”