Midfielder Smith and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard offer their support to McGeehan

Cameron McGeehan suffers a broken leg against Portsmouth
Cameron McGeehan suffers a broken leg against Portsmouth

Hatters midfielder Jonathan Smith has backed team-mate Cameron McGeehan to bounce back strongly from his broken leg suffered against Portsmouth recently.

Smith himself knows exactly what the youngster is going through, having suffered a double break at Barnet in December 2013, that kept him out for eight months.

Jonathan Smith in action against Doncaster on Saturday

Jonathan Smith in action against Doncaster on Saturday

The 30-year-old, who has made a full recovery since, going on to play 170 games for the club in total now, said: “I spoke to Cameron and he’s in good spirits, he’s working hard behind the scenes.

“I’ll be behind Cam no matter what, whenever he needs me for anything, because Cameron’s a top lad, a top player for the club and will be a top player.

“So I fully expect him to come back really strong as he’s got that mentality, similar to myself. He’ll put everything into it and I’m right behind him.”

When asked if there was any knowledge he could pass on about recovering from such an injury, Smith added: “I suppose so, you can give that little bit of advice, but for starters he’s just got to work hard and he will do.

I fully expect him to come back really strong as he’s got that mentality, similar to myself.

Jonathan Smith

“He’s a top lad and it’s difficult to come back from an injury like that but I’m sure he will.”

Meanwhile, McGeehan himself admitted that former Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has been in touch after hearing of the injury, as writing in the Luton Town programme last Tuesday, he said: “I even received a message from Frank Lampard, who broke his leg in a similar place and was actually booed off by his own West Ham fans! It was very reassuring to hear from such an idol and someone who I base my game on in many ways.

“I was able to read through all the heartwarming messages from the fans too and this gave me a massive boost, I’m thankful to every single one of you.”

On how his own return to fitness is going, McGeehan added: “The operation was a major success, and the doctor was very happy with how he managed to knit it all back together. There was no dislodgement and he was surprised with how aligned it was when he actually got inside the leg.

“I’ve been in constant contact with the gaffer who’s been as supportive as ever.

“I’m looking forward to getting back into the training ground and restoring some normality, and of course, seeing the lads who are all driving hard towards this promotion push!

“If you follow my Instagram you would have seen me swimming last week, something I’m thoroughly enjoying and it’s helping to improve the range of motion around the ankle joint whilst also maintaining my cardiovascular fitness.

“Under the physio Simon Parsell’s instructions, my days are filled with icing the swelling around the leg and using a contraction machine called a Compex, which helps to maintain my muscle mass. I’ve also been in close contact with Jared Roberts-Smith, who has sent me a leg activation, core and upper body programme to follow, which has helped get me stronger and maintain the sixpack which I already have ;)”