Through the vast expanse of the football world, it is also a very tight community. Teams often help others and players who require treatment or training. Especially those that are on the comeback trail. So when AFC Wimbledon was reported to be helping a player after a serious setback, it was no real surprise.
The South London Press has noted that former Portsmouth winger Ronan Curtis has been putting in the miles whilst training with the League Two outfit as he aims to come back fully fit after an ACL injury.
Now 27, Curtis was offered a helping hand from former Pompey physio Bobby Bacic, who now has his healing hands on the Wimbledon treatment table. The two have linked up, and the link with the Fratton Park club continues this coming week when the two sides meet in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy second round.
The Republic of Ireland player who was once wanted by Blackpool, has a huge amount of EFL experience. During his time at Portsmouth, after arriving from Derry City in 2018, he played well over 200 times and netted over 50 goals. After the injury in February this year, he was offered a new deal in the summer, which he turned down.
It remains to be seen if Blackpool will come back in for the player, and he will have to test himself more to prove he is back up to playing speed. This interest may only have been there from the Mick McCarthy days, as the veteran manager was the one that capped Curtis for Ireland.
This is one tale of the many that go on daily in the EFL. Players often lose their way when long-term injuries strike. The option to go back to Portsmouth must have been a tempting one given how strong they are performing at present. Curtis will have the confidence to come back, and there could be many suitors waiting to see how he progresses in his recovery.