Striker Speaks To Official Website About Return From Injury
- Vale were beaten 1-0 by local rivals Crewe Alexandra at the weekend.
- Pope made his return from injury from the bench after three months out.
- The Striker was delighted to be back playing again and has thanked club's medical staff.
The 29-year-old forward has been out since October through injury and was a 61st minute substitute at the weekend as a Nicky Ajose goal condemned Vale to a 1-0 loss.
Speaking to port-vale.co.uk after the match, Pope said: “It was good to be back involved and be there and ready if Pagey needed me and I was glad to get some minutes under my belt.
“I’m enjoying it, I’m back out and back in training. I’ve got a smile on my face again for the first time in a while.”
Pope also had special praise for the club’s medical team for their efforts at getting him back to fitness.
“James and his staff have been excellent and spent a lot of hard hours getting me right," he added.
They’ve had to hold me back a bit because for a few weeks now I’ve been itching to get back and they’ve been telling me thats not the right thing to do. I can’t thank them enough.”
Despite his return, Pope was understandably disappointed by the result, saying: “I thought we played well in spells and were very poor in spells. We started the game bright and within first 15 to 20 minutes could’ve been 2-0 up.
“Then we started to look nervy. They got the penalty, Neal’s made a great save and then they score straight after.”