O'Flynn does his bit to help Exeter City prepare for big games
John O'Flynn may not be able to play an active part in Exeter City's promotion push right now, but he is doing all he can to help by spying on the Grecians' npower League Two rivals.
The popular Irishman is currently ruled out by a hamstring injury sustained in the 1-1 draw at Torquay United three weeks ago and after taking a break from his recovery programme, O'Flynn took in the Gulls' clash at Cheltenham Town last weekend.
"It does help when you are not watching your team from up in the stand," O'Flynn said.
"It was minus four up there and it was my first scouting job and I was struggling to write things down as it was so cold! I had to write with my left hand, so it is all a scribble!
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"It was something different and, anything I can do to help out, I am happy to do, really.
"It wasn't the greatest game, but I am hoping to be fit for when we play Cheltenham next, so it was good for me to see a few of their weaknesses and what they lack. It will help me out on the pitch and it's good for the lads to know as well."
O'Flynn should be used to such cold temperatures, though, after undergoing cryogenic treatment in an attempt to speed up his rehabilitation. That saw him enter into chambers which reached temperatures as low as -110 Celsius in little more than underpants and a T-shirt.
"I shouldn't really complain about minus four, really. That's quite mild," he joked. "Hopefully the treatment I had when I went home will make a difference. I think it has, because I am ahead of schedule.
"It was intense. It was only three sessions and it was minus 110, but the rush you get after it feels good. You get three or four times as much blood flowing to the damaged area and that's where the healing comes in."
The good news is that O'Flynn is already back running with his team-mates, but it will be some time before he is seen on a football field again.
"I have done some running and been doing some ball work with the physio, so I'm just trying to progress," he said. "It's going to be a slow progress and we are seeing how it is and how it reacts the next day, but I am happy to be out on the pitch again and running with the lads.
"You never can tell with hamstrings. One moment they are sore and the next, you don't feel anything, but you have to be careful and I will only come back when I am 100 per cent fit.
"I am definitely ahead of schedule at the minute. It was three weeks ago I did it, so it is looking good now. I am back running, but I have to take it easy and we will see how I progress and what reaction I have the next day."
The Grecians will soon enter a spell where they play two games a week, which is when O'Flynn is hoping he will be back. He is also taking the advice of team-mates Guillem Bauza and Tommy Doherty, who both returned from hamstring injuries prematurely, only to aggravate them again in training.
"Coming into March, we are going to have two games a month and my target was to be back for them and back in the thick of it. I am scheduled to do that, so hopefully we can keep ticking the days off and I can keep progressing," he said.
"We haven't set any targets as such, we are just taking it day by day.
"Bussy and Doc both did their hamstrings this season and came back early and they did it again in training, so it is a finicky injury and I have to take it easy and make sure I am 100 per cent before I get back out on the pitch."