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Laois footballer details recovery from surgery on Twitter

This is a fascinating insight into what it is like to be an athlete who undergoes a serious surgery.

2018 was a great year for Portlaoise and Laois forward Brian Glynn.

Before last year, the last time Brian Glynn pulled on a Laois jersey was for the U-21s in a 2010 Leinster semi final.

Laois lost out to Westmeath in that game by 0-14 to 0-11 and not only did it signal the end of Laois’s campaign in that competition, it also saw Glynn’s inter-county career put on hold.

He travelled to Liverpool to become a physiotherapist where he lived and worked from then until the end of 2017.

He spent eight years in Liverpool before returning home and came straight back into John Sugrue’s Laois senior football team.

He was an integral part of the team that won the Division 4 title and then reached their first Leinster final in over a decade where they lost out to Dublin.

Glynn picked up an injury after that which kept him out of all of Portlaoise’s club championship winning campaign.

He returned for the Leinster quarter final win over Moorefield from the bench and then played again against Kilmacud Crokes – the semi final which Portlaoise lost.

On New Year’s Day, Glynn announced on Twitter that he was undergoing ankle ligament reconstruction surgery the next day.

And that he would use the opportunity to update daily on Twitter to give and insight into the return to play process from both physiotherapist and athlete perspective.

You frequently hear about lads getting injured and requiring surgery and being out for X amount of months.

But it is hard to comprehend just what is required by athletes to recover from this – so Brian’s exploits on Twitter provide a real insight.

We all wish you a speedy recovery Brian!

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.