What Craine has learnt from her season-ending injury

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Seven weeks into recovery for a season ending hamstring injury, Perth Glory forward Gemma Craine admits she is learning more from her time off field than on.

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Craine sustained the injury in the Round 2 clash against Adelaide United, two weeks into her debut W-League season.

Despite preventing her from getting back on the pitch this season, the 26-year-old said she was enjoying the opportunity to watch the game.

“It’s given me an opportunity to just keep learning and step back and now I can like watch the game and like watch the training and stuff and like still learn but in a different kind of way,” she said.

“I don’t watch a tonne of soccer and now it’s like the only thing I can do so now I’m getting better at watching it and analysing it.”

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Aside from observing her team’s performance from the sidelines, Craine said she has learnt the value of lifes finer things.

“The biggest thing I’ve learnt, surprisingly, would probably be like never take a session or a game for granted because it’s like, you have so much time off and I literally just can’t wait to play again,” she said.

“They [doctors] tell you you’re going to be able to walk and it’s like ‘yes’. They tell you ‘you can use the bike’ and it’s like ‘yeah oh my god’ and then like little things like they tell you little exercises … and it’s just so exciting, but it’s so simple. It’s like the little kind of things that are important that you take for granted like just being able to walk around every day.”

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Expecting to start training again in six weeks, the eager Glory player said it was the aspect of football she had missed the most.

“Training is actually my favourite part about soccer,” she said.

“I do obviously really love playing games too, but I think training is where players are actually made, you know. If you can’t train hard and put in the work into being the best off the field and off the park, then I don’t know I just feel like that’s where players are created.”

She is still making the effort to attend team sessions and gets her training fix by playing ball boy for the squad, to help sessions flow smoother.

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While the season will have ended by the time Craine is back up to speed, she hopes to be apart of the NPL later this year, having started a running program this week.

The outlook of playing again has her feeling more motivated than ever before.

“I’m just excited to kick a soccer ball that’s all I’m excited about. I just can’t wait to get back into the game,” she said.

“I just feel like, I’ve always been pretty motivated, but this has just like set me up for being successful again and be even more motivated to get it.”

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