Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson has revealed he was walking again barely a day after undergoing career-saving knee surgery.
After initial complications, the 24-year-old finally went under the knife on New Year's Eve to repair ligaments damaged during November's Clydesdale Bank Premier League victory against Kilmarnock.
Thomson has hailed the operation as a complete success and told the Daily Record: "I know it might not sound like the ideal way to spend Hogmanay - lying in a hospital bed on my own in London pumped to the eyeballs with morphine - but I could not have wished for better news."
He added: "It's gone better than any of us had expected. The surgeon thought when he opened me up he would have to repair both my medial ligaments and maybe my cartilage.
"But because of complications, we had to delay the operation and that gave me time to do a lot of physiotherapy. I worked hard and it seems the medial ligaments have repaired themselves as a result.
"That meant all the doc had to do was concentrate on building a new interior ligament, which was obviously always going to be the most important part.
"It seems to have gone well because I already have movement back in the joint and I've been up walking already. I can't tell you how good that felt."
Thomson, who suffered a similar injury that kept him out of the game for almost a year while a Hibernian player, added: "The surgeon is extremely happy with the way it's gone and says there is no reason why I can't be back in six months."
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