Nathan Tyson: ‘I was glad to have been injured’ admits Doncaster Rovers striker

Nathan Tyson
Nathan Tyson

Being happy to suffer an injury is not a confession you would expect to hear from many footballers.

But Nathan Tyson declared just that as he reflected on the problem which kept him for the last five weeks of 2014.

This is not a case of the Rovers striker looking to shirk responsibility, but rather having much more noble reasoning.

“If I’m honest I think it was the right time for me to pick up an injury,” Tyson told the Free Press.

“I wasn’t having a good time in front of goal. I think I’d gone a month without scoring.

“I had niggling injuries. My knee, my calf – everything just seemed to be niggling me.

“I was missing bits of training and stuff. So it probably came at the right time for me to have a bit of a breather.

“I just felt like I needed that bit of time out. I just wasn’t getting over the niggles I had.

“You should have seen me in training. The lads were laughing at me every day.

“I think I used all the tape up in the physio room.

“You don’t want to be injured obviously but it was good to sit back and think I need to get everything right.

“It has. It’s worked out quite well.”

His period on the sidelines saw Theo Robinson stake the strongest claim for starting in a lone striker role while Curtis Main has gradually forced his way back into the side.

The 32-year-old – Rovers’ leading scorer with seven goals for the season – is happy to play the waiting game to regain regular starts.

And he says at this stage of his career, he is more focused on the goals of the team rather than any individual targets.

He said: “I’m there for the team, not myself.

“I’ve been there before. I’ve had my moves, I’ve had my career.

“It’s still not over but for me it’s about being part of the team.

“It’s about doing the ugly, nasty things for the team.

“Chasing lost causes, closing down defenders when you probably don’t need to do it.

“It’s about working hard and being a team player, coming off the pitch and getting the three points.

“If we don’t do that none of us look good. We just look like another struggling player in another struggling team.

“The gaffer knows what I can do and I feel like I’m ready now when he calls on me.”