‘People would have started asking questions’: Why Webster feared for his future
PUBLISHED: 17:30 23 November 2017
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Adam Webster has admitted he feared for his future as injury threatened to disrupt his second season at Ipswich, but now believes he’s finally hitting his stride at Portman Road.
Having missed much of the second half of last season after damaging ankle ligaments, Webster feared the worst when he was forced out of the Blues’ Carabao Cup clash with Luton in August with a similar problem.
The defender also missed significant time while at Portsmouth due to ankle trouble, with his latest knock sparking fears he may be labelled as injury-prone.
However, the injury sustained at Kenilworth Road was not as bad as first feared, with Webster now a fixture at the heart of the Ipswich defence alongside captain Luke Chambers.
“I was really worried that I was going to be out for months again,” Webster said.
“It was the same ankle as before. It was the same area as before. It was the same type of movement that led to the injury before. Like last time, the ankle swelled up quickly as well.
“I was really worried that I’d done the ligaments again. I did my ankle at Portsmouth and missed the last month or two of the season before I came here and then obviously I had the same problem last year.
“To get back and feel fine in pre-season and then get injured again at Luton was devastating,” he added, during an interview with the club’s matchday programme.
“You are not talking a minor injury and if that had been a third time, then I guess people would have started asking questions.
“Thankfully, I had one scan and then three injections and was out for six weeks and then back training again. It was nowhere near as bad as I first feared and hopefully (touching wood) it won’t happen again.”
The 22-year-old has looked calm and assured since returning to the side, earning particular praise from manager Mick McCarthy following his display against Preston recently.
He’s also beginning to feel at home at the club, having seen much of his first campaign disrupted.
“It’s my second season and I don’t know particularly why but I feel more settled this year,” he said.
“Everyone made me feel so welcome last year but there is a different feel about the place for me this year.
“Maybe it’s because I’m not the new kid anymore. I know where everything is, I know the town and I do feel right at home now.”