"But unfortunately after prolonged physio, he had a problem again kicking the ball. So we had to go to the next stage which was surgery."
Rathbone was pleased with the outcome of the operation and is now hoping the injury has been rectified.
"The operation went well and was nothing worse than we expected," he said. "The problem with the hip is that it is quite an unforgiving joint but fingers crossed the problem seems to have been solved."