Deja vu fails to hobble recovering Jobe Wheelhouse’s enthusiasm

JOBE Wheelhouse has been here before. Another pre-season. Another surgery. More interruption.

Wheelhouse will make a much-anticipated return from a foot injury in an intra-club trial at Ray Watt Oval.

It has been an all-too-common occurrence for the luckless Jets captain.

But far from frustrated, Wheelhouse is excited to get back into the swing of things.

‘‘It has been an interrupted pre-season, but in some ways that is a good thing for me,’’ Wheelhouse said.

‘‘I had time to have a good break and I’m feeling really good. It has been 10 weeks now and everything has pretty much gone to plan.’’

Wheelhouse has been in full training a fortnight after surgery in May to remove a bursa from his left foot.

The wholehearted midfielder played the final third of last season with the aid of pain-killing injections and had to cut a hole in the outside of his left boot to lessen the pressure on the problem area.

‘‘Puma will be happy that I won’t be running around with a hole in my boot,’’ he said.

‘‘Where the scar is on the foot is quite sensitive. It is on the sole of my foot and every time my foot touches the ground I feel it. It will take time to heal properly but otherwise it is 100 per cent.’’

Wheelhouse trained yesterday in an advanced role in midfield but is unsure exactly where he fits into Gary van Egmond’s plans.

‘‘We haven’t spoken too much about the position he wants me to play,’’ Wheelhouse said.

‘‘It will be in midfield somewhere. If I have to play the left, the right, the middle ... wherever the team needs me I’m happy to play.’’

Michael Bridges (hamstring strain) sat out training yesterday but should only be sidelined for a week. The internal hit-out will be a final chance for Scottish trialist Mark Burchill to press claims for a contract.

The Jets’ Young Socceroos quartet – Jack Duncan, Josh Brillante, Mitch Cooper and Connor Chapman – were back on deck after a gruelling two-week tour of Vietnam.

Much of yesterday’s session was focused on the front third.

‘‘There is no doubt that is where we need the work,’’ Wheelhouse said.

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