Jim O’Brien has revealed how he enforced a self-imposed exile from Notts County’s squad in the wake of his horror injury because he did not want negativity to “bring the place down”.
The Scotsman made his long-awaited return in the Magpies’ Senior Cup win on Tuesday night when he played 45 minutes of their 3-1 victory over AFC Mansfield.
It was his first game back since the FA Trophy clash against Chesterfield in December when he was accidentally caught by the studs of Curtis Weston during a tackle causing an eight-inch gash.
The freak injury ruined his comeback from a three-month layoff with a broken arm which he suffered in a defeat at Bromley and required surgery to pin the bones together.
And as he braced himself for another lengthy spell on the sidelines, he took the decision to stay away from Neal Ardley’s squad because he did not want his disappointment to affect them.
“I took myself away from the group for a while and I said to the physio and the manager, that I didn’t want to bring the place down,” he said.
“Obviously my head was not right so I had Christmas with my son and refocused.”