Date: 4th June 2016 at 7:23pm
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Having undergone an operation on his left groin to solve a problem last January, left back Ben Coker has again gone under the knife this summer on the opposite leg to ensure he’s niggle free and fit and raring to go for the start of 2016/17 pre season training.

Speaking to the Echo News to explain the procedure, Coker said that about a month after having the last surgery he started to feel the other side, so with it hindering him last season, he wanted a line drawn on it ahead of the coming season.

‘It’s only a minor operation but it’s good to get it done now to ensure I’m fully fit for the start of pre season training. About a month after my first groin operation I started to experience pain in the other leg. It certainly hindered me during the end of last season which was really frustrating for me. But after playing so many matches in the past couple of years I think something had to give.’

Despite his injury issues Coker still made 45 starts last season with only goalkeeper Daniel Bentley making more appearances across the course of the campaign, so using the summer to correct the problem and fully recover makes all the season in the world.

‘Now I’ve had this operation that should be everything sorted and I’m looking forward to being pain free again. It’s important to rest up and relax at this time of year but we’re still working on things ahead of the start of pre season training at the beginning of July which is always an important period.’

Ending his interview he also backed Southend to bounce back from a disappointing end to the season.

‘I think we need to regroup and go again next season. Hopefully we can get a few new signings in and we get together as a group and have a good season which I’m sure we’re capable of doing.’

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