JAMIE Milligan is well and truly putting his back into helping Fleetwood’s promotion charge.
The long-serving midfielder has been undergoing excruciating sessions with a chiropractor to put an end to a back injury which threatened to bring his season to a premature end.
He has spent the last three weeks having his back “cracked” into position, which has been painful to say the least.
But the discomfort has been worth it as Milligan made his comeback in a reserve game at Witton on Monday.
The 32-year-old, who has played only twice for the first team in 2012, is due for another second-string outing at Lancaster tomorrow.
If he comes through that, for former Seasider will be available for the final five games in the club’s bid to seal the Blue Square Bet Premier title.
Ever the realist, Milligan said: “The lads have been doing brilliantly, so I can’t exactly complain if the manager doesn’t bring me back, but the important thing is for me to be fit and ready to play if he needs me.
“The last three weeks have been hard because this back injury came from nowhere.
“I was playing a ressies match and it came from that.
“I had a scan on it and that came back showing nothing wrong. I went to a chiropractor and nothing happened.
“I was getting a bit worried then, so I tried a different chiropractor and thankfully it has eased off since I have been seeing him.
“He cracks your back and your neck, and it gets the alignment right.
“My hips were out of place, so he got them lined up again. It’s painful but the next day you feel all right.
“To be honest, I can’t believe the change since I’ve been going to him and that was why I was able to play on Monday.
“I don’t feel totally fit just yet. That match was the first thing I had done in three and a half weeks.
“I will train every day now and we have another ressie game at Myerscough College against Lancaster.
“I just need another game, and then if I am required for the run-in and the manager calls upon me, I will be ready.”
Manager Micky Mellon looks forward to having Town’s set-piece specialist among his options. He said: “You never know with back injuries – they just come and go – but hopefully Milli had got to the bottom of this one because it will be good to have him back.”