Hockey player, Mike White, was injured following an incident in March, during which a hockey ball hit his thumb and subsequently smashed it into six pieces. The Loughborough Town star required a two hour operation to repair his shattered thumb, and was unable to play for four months following the injury, which saw him defending a short corner and having his thumb severely crushed, and his knuckle fractured.
Back on the ball
Since the injury in March, White has been taking a well deserved break to recover and recuperate fully. When asked about the injury, he claimed that he was not quite 100%, but was grateful nonetheless for the recovery period. Since passing his fitness test, he has been partaking in several summer games with Loughborough and friendlies with the England team – and will this year be playing for England Masters in the 2017 European Championship, being held in Holland.
White will join a team of excellent players, all hoping to take home the title. England are one of the favourites to qualify from their group, facing matches against opponents in Pool A: Spain, Belgium Italy and Ireland. The overall tournament favourites (Holland) are in Pool B, alongside Germany, France, Wales and Scotland. The tournament kicks off on 11th August in Holland, and is sure to be a thrilling watch from start to finish.
Mike White was selected to play for England at the age of 40, after playing a key role in Loughborough Town’s promotion. Despite drawbacks such as a car accident forcing him to give up football, he didn’t let his age or any other perceived obstacle hold him back. Acting as an inspiration to all, he is a testament to following your dreams despite the odds. For those wishing to follow suit, there are several handy tips, guides and a hockey drill video or two available at https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Hockey/.
Having already participated in the 2016 World Cup in Australia, White is no stranger to the physical demands required to play for England, and was required to pass a fitness test to return to the team following his injury. Despite this, he passed and was kept on the list during his recovery and is looking forward to returning to the field once again.