Former Norwich City, Portsmouth and Bristol City midfielder Gary O’Neil was back in BS3 yesterday.
The 35-year-old was not in the Trotter’s match day squad that eventually lost 2-1 to the Robins on Saturday, and neither was former City defender Mark Little.
However, O’Neil did speak to fans while there and after the game also took to social media to help explain about his injury problems he endured while in BS3.
The former West Ham and QPR man was restricted to 22 starts over a two-year spell under Lee Johnson, although he did play a key role in helping the Robins to avoid relegation in the 2016-17 campaign.
O’Neil posted up two pictures of his knee onto Twitter on Saturday evening as he explained what the problems had involved.
Replying to Bristol City fans on why he had possibly not played as much as he would have liked in his time in the West Country, the former England U21 player explained: ‘Partly because I complained of a pain behind my knee in July 2016 and played like this for nearly 18 months until it was correctly diagnosed and operated on in October 2017. But pleased to see the club doing well Rob’.
The pictures show some a rather abnormal knee that obviously stopped O’Neil from playing regularly during that time.
A later credit from O’Neil explained: ‘Massive thanks to #ProfessorFaresHaddad’.
It wasn’t a great day for O’Neil as the Trotters went down 2-1 but it was a better one for former Bristol City team-mate Lee Tomlin who scored on his Peterborough debut and who O’Neil congratulated on social media too.
Posh won 2-1 against Rochdale, who fielded on-loan Robins youngster Rory Holden.