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Leeds United: Kisnorbo must now pass fitness test - Ormsby

Patrick Kisnorbo.

Patrick Kisnorbo.

Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Hi Brendan. Patrick Kisnorbo has gone to Ipswich Town on loan. Do you think he has been unlucky not to feature more this season for Leeds, given the amount of goals we have let in?

Paul Collins, Wakefield

I HAVE to be honest, I was only thinking of Paddy the other day. He hasn’t featured for a long, long time at Leeds.

Paddy, when he was playing regularly a few years ago, was someone who the supporters loved. He gave everything he could for the club, but unfortunately, he got that bad Achilles injury and then another serious one with his knee.

As for whether he should have played more, it really depends how his match fitness is.

When he initially did come back from his Achilles injury, you could see he was struggling a little bit and wasn’t like his old self. I can sympathise with Paddy as I have been through what he has when I was out for 16 months with a serious knee injury.

Confidence

My confidence did take a battering and it is hard to get it back up and your fitness to what it was.

You just have to not feel sorry for yourself and go for it. I remember Noel Blake and Bairdy (Ian Baird) giving me a kick up the backside when I was down and I was thinking about packing it in. They gave me a rollicking and told me to forget that and get on with playing again.

I remember it being a big weight lifted off my shoulders when I made one tackle in a pre-season friendly against Huddersfield; it was a 50-50 ball and I couldn’t pull out of it. But I came out on top and after that, I was back to my old self, but it was a long time coming. It’s probably been the same for Paddy, who has maybe been wary of pushing himself too early.

It can be a mental thing. I have been around a long time, but when I played, I was used to getting belted and kicked; that was all part of the game. But when I got my injury, the biggest problem holding me back was my own mind.

You have to get over that mental block to be able to do what you did before.

I do know Paddy and I like him and wish him well at Ipswich. When he was fully fit, he was brilliant for us – the sort of player we could do with right now, to be fair.

For me, when he is fully fit and 100 per cent, he is better than what we have in the middle of the back four. But he needs his full match fitness back and he struggled after his injuries. He has got to recapture that fitness to reach the standard he was playing at before his injury.

If he can get that while he is at Ipswich, then brilliant.

At his best, Paddy is my type of player. He is one of those old-fashioned centre-halves who does not pull out of tackles or out of anything.

That is what centre-backs are there for; to put their bodies on the line and your face in front of the ball or boot if necessary. I think that is why the supporters took to Paddy because he is that type of player.

Let’s hope Paddy gets the games at Ipswich and stays clear of injury. If he does start doing the business there, then he might come back to our place and possibly be in the team – you never know.

At the minute, he has a lot to prove to everyone. I wish him well.

 

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