13 months ago Chris Grassick captained his Scotland side to their best ever Commonwealth Games placing of sixth at Gold Coast 2018.
As the tournament progressed though he noticed that he was finding it hard to sprint, a problem that refused to go away once he returned back.
It turned out that two of the tendons in his hamstring had stuck together, a consequence of the surgery he’d had on a significant ACL tear suffered in 2016 that kept him out of the game for 11 months and ruined his chances of appearing at the Olympic Games in Rio.
According to his surgeon, this condition was so rare that it only occurs once in every 1,000 cases and due to its lack of prevalence there was no certainty of Grassick would make a full recovery.
Having made his return to training, Grassick is now determined to get back on the pitch and play a competitive match situation as soon as possible.
Despite having suffered many delays and setbacks during his rehab, the Surbiton player is hoping to walk out in front of #ThePride in at least one of the four remaining home games in this year’s FIH Pro League.
He is also confident of being ready to feature for Scotland at the EuroHockey Championships this August, having played a pivotal role in helping them get promoted from the second tier two years ago.
Success in either or both of those events will certainly be a positive conclusion to what has been a very testing period for Grassick.
And while he is looking to put these injuries firmly behind him, the popular member of the squad is also very grateful for the support he has received from a number of people, ranging from the medical staff to his team-mates, family and numerous fans.