John O'Flynn desperate for speedy recovery
The cold weather is biting pretty much everyone and everything right now, but Exeter City striker John O'Flynn is taking it to the extreme in a bid to get back to full fitness earlier than planned.
The 30-year-old Irishman limped out of last Tuesday's 1-1 Devon derby draw at Torquay United with a hamstring injury and the subsequent prognosis was that he would miss the next month after a tear was revealed in his scan.
The news was a huge blow to Exeter and to O'Flynn, who then took it upon himself to return home to Ireland and visit a cryogenic chamber in a bit to speed up his recovery.
"It's not feeling too bad. Obviously the scan showed there was a small tear in the muscle and the physio reckoned four weeks," O'Flynn said. "I came home for the week and I am going down to Wexford, where there is a cryogenic chamber.
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"There are three different chambers in the room, one which is minus ten, one which is minus 60 and one that is minus 110 and you spend just under three minutes in the whole thing.
"I am doing that three times on Friday, so I am hoping that will speed up my recovery a bit. Touch wood it works.
"I have done it before when I was at Cork and it's not great. You are in there with a pair of shorts, socks and trainers and they give you gloves and a mask. It's fairly hard core, but it is good for muscle injuries and tears. I just want to do anything that helps, really."
O'Flynn has been in fantastic form for the Grecians and his hard-working performances have yielded 11 goals so far this campaign, which makes him City's second-highest scorer behind Jamie Cureton.
With Cureton suspended following his red card at Wycombe, O'Flynn really stepped up to the plate and led the line brilliantly before injury struck just six minutes into the match at Plainmoor.
"It helps when you are playing games and finishing games," O'Flynn said of his good form. "There have been a lot of games recently and I have managed to play 90 minutes in pretty much all of them and I was feeling good and feeling sharp. It's just one of those things in football.
"It was pretty innocuous, you normally do it when you are running, but I did it when I jumped and landed. I just felt something go in my leg and it was disappointing for me. But as I say, I am back here to speed up the healing and hopefully in the long run, I don't miss too many games."
However, O'Flynn is not the only Irishman in good form for the Grecians right now. Playing in behind the former Barnet striker is the prodigious Jimmy Keohane, who has forged a good relationship on and off the pitch with O'Flynn since his arrival at City in the summer of 2011.
"Jimmy is a young lad and when he first came to the club, I put him up at my place and he is like a little brother to me," O'Flynn added. "I try and help him in whatever way I can and obviously, he has been starting lately, so I have been trying to give him a few pointers, but Jimmy takes advice on board.
"Luckily we have that understanding because we are close off the pitch as well. It is great for him, he has come in and is a young lad with a lot of confidence that wants to work hard for the team and the fans love to see that.
"He is such an unselfish player as well and he set me up for a tap-in (in the 3-0 win) against Southend. I will take them all day long!"
With last Saturday's game at Bristol Rovers called off due to the heavy snow, it means there will be a 13 day break between the last time City played and their next fixture, both of which against Torquay.
Next Monday's game is being broadcast live by Sky Sports and O'Flynn says he is disappointed that he won't be involved.
"I was buzzing after the game got called off at the weekend and I will be doing a snow and rain dance and whatever else to get the game called off on Monday!" he joked. "It's all good for me when the games get called off!
"Hopefully I won't miss that much. It would have been nice for my Dad to have watched me play in the game on Sky on Monday, but as I say, I'll do the dances and hope it's called off for purely selfish reasons!"
Supporters are reminded that if the game does go ahead, it is not an all-ticket affair.