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O'Hara plays on through the pain for Wolves

When you are in a battle, you need people to step up and run through that metaphorical brick wall for you.

Someone who will put their neck on the line and fight through the pain for the glory of Rome (erm sorry, been watching a few episodes of Spartacus recently........)

In recent weeks Jamie O'Hara has been playing through pain barrier for Wolves.

The Wolves midfielder requires pain-killing injections just to get through training following a double hernia operation last month.

You do not ever want to hear about a player putting themselves through that, especially a talented 25-year-old like O'Hara, but at least its clear just how determined he is to fight for the Wolves cause.

'I'm still trying to get back to full fitness. I've been having injections before training and games.' O'Hara said to the Birmingham Post.

He continued: 'I'm just desperate to play and don't want to miss any more games. I've had enough of that with being out for six weeks so I'm fighting with things a little bit.

'Hopefully over the next few weeks, things will settle down and I'll be able to play pain-free.'

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 2 2012

Time: 12:00PM

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Just the type of commitment to the shirt I like to see, ideally though, I would prefer for him to recover fully before playing as it only risks a further set-back and more time off.
akela
Yes agree there Akela as he is very injury prone anyway which I fear is why we dont always see him at his best.
Crete Wolf
Having spent 60 years engaged in competitive sport, in adulthood at a reasonable level (Welsh international), I have only just recognised the importance of resisting the urge to compete when injured. Well, I have always recognised it but have hardly ever bothered about it. So, my first response to the thread was one of satisfaction: he is available to play for us in the vital two matches coming up. However, I immediately found myself worrying that if he aggravated his injury, he would be out for much longer, perhaps at a time when his presence is critical to our survival ... but, there again, that's what it is at the moment.
Southbank60
I agree with you all. The commitment and desire from the guy is immense and he is proving his worth in that midfield. But alarm bells always ring when I hear this playing through injury thing. There's always chance of breaking down at a critical point in a game, which could be more detrimental than being eased back into the team. It also makes you realize how lightweight we are if he is out for while in this run in. Milijas would better replace Edwards in that five man midfield than O'Hara. The other possibility is to put that irish mosquito Hunt to do some buzzing in the middle. We've just got rid of Adlene, who might be some sort of back up. Southbank, can we get you on the medical team at Molineux to maybe advise them of the pros and cons of rushing players back from the physio table?
Wolf Downunder
WDU: although I hated to rest, as an amateur I did not face the same demands that PL sportsmen have to deal with today. Apart from the fear of losing one's place in the team to another player, there is the natural desire to help one's team get a result. This must weigh particularly heavily on O'Hara, who is surely aware of his value to the team at this critical moment. That's why players like him are happy to receive cortisone injections (and the rest) and the medical staff happy to give them, no matter what the long term consequences. I am in touch with a lot of ex-international sportsmen in their sixties and the list of injuries they suffer from is a long and varied one.
Southbank60
rest him now!!! get him fit for the promotion campaign next season. Watching against Fulham, now thats playing through pain!!!
gregory house
 

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