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Rose and Mirfin take part in rehabilitative pool session

3 July 2018

Striker Danny Rose and defender David Mirfin enjoyed a 7am pool session this morning in Portugal as part of their progress from their short and long term injuries, respectively.

Mirfin missed a large portion of last season due to his knee injury, with last season's top scorer, Rose, looking to return to full fitness soon following a toe injury he picked up towards the back end of the 2017/18 campaign.

Mirfin spoke of his long rehabilitation process earlier this afternoon.

"[I've been doing] a lot of rehab," said the defender. "I had my operation on the 21 December, and following that it was eight weeks on crutches to let the work that was done heal properly.

"Then it's been a steady progression from almost learning how to walk properly again. It's been building up to now, like yesterday running on grass, which has been the main aim for the last six or eight weeks. Hopefully I can build on that while I'm here [in Portugal].

"It [the injury] is a difficult one at the moment, we'll have to see how it goes this week. I've had no reaction from yesterday which is a massive positive sign. In terms of straight-line running, as in no turning or checking, that could be in the next week to two weeks.

"It's been very, very frustrating. I think it's the worst time - any footballer would tell you - to be injured for a length of time. But I've had such a great team around me in terms of the medical staff. It's been good this week to be around everyone full time again.

"I think the older you get you realise how lucky you are to be able to play football for a living. It makes you want to get back even more."

The defender also added why he believes trips such as the Stags' venture to Portugal are important for players in his situation.

"I've been up very early and it's very cold in the pool! But I've enjoyed it. It's obviously a different environment to what we're used to and that's one of the reasons why we come on these trips. 

"It's been a good way to start my day [with the pool sessions]. You kind of expect that [early starts] on trips like this. It's part of what you come here for, for fitness and to see a different way of doing things. It sets you up right for the day."

Stags' striker Rose spoke of the work he has been doing over in Portugal, and the toe injury he picked up towards the back end of last season.

"We've done some cardiovascular work in the pool, it's important to get that CV work done bright and early," he said.

"I've had a second injection just before I went on holiday around 20 June, but I feel much better now and I'm just getting the CV work in. Obviously I'm a little behind fitness-wise so it's important to get as many sessions in as we can. 

"I'm hoping to get on the pitch today so I just need to get fit now. Hopefully this week I can get on the pitch with the lads and get back to training."

Danny Rose, striker

"I think I did it [toe injury] in the Port Vale game. I just landed on it funnily. I tried playing on it but it's aggravated it a little bit. The injection has done it the world of good.

"I'm hoping to get on the pitch today so I just need to get fit now. Hopefully this week I can get on the pitch with the lads and get back to training."

The 24-year-old added that the Mansfield Town players are impressed with the facilities in Amendoeira, and spoke of his eagerness to return to regular first team training.

"They have all the facilities here. You have the pool for the early sessions and the training ground is very good. It's got a gym for the injured lads to catch up on their fitness. The lads are very pleased with the facilities.

"It's going to be a tough week, it always is. Every year in pre-season the management is big on fitness so I'm sure the lads are in for a very tough week. 

"I just need to get as fit as possible now as like I said, I'm a bit behind. Hopefully these sessions will get me there and back with the lads as soon as possible."

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