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Dave Edwards still hasn't given up hope

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Luckless Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards today revealed he has got to the bottom of his back problem after admitting it's been a "nightmare" season for him.

Luckless Wolves midfielder Dave Edwards today revealed he has got to the bottom of his back problem after admitting it's been a "nightmare" season for him.

The Wales international hasn't given up on playing again in this campaign despite being ordered to rest for a month after suffering a stress reaction in the 4-0 win against Blackpool.

It was the latest problem to hit the 25-year-old, who had performed impressively against the Tangerines after missing a chunk of the season with thigh and hamstring injuries.

"I thought it was a genuine stiff back and didn't think anything more of it," said Edwards.

"It didn't really settle down so, on the Monday, it was decided to have a scan, particularly as my dad and brother have previously suffered with back trouble.

"What came back supported that theory."

But at least Edwards seems to have got to the root of his problems.

"From speaking to the specialist, this back problem may have been the cause of my other injuries," he said.

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"I may have been overloading other muscles, causing the other injuries.

"So hopefully if I do get the back sorted that will be the end of the other injuries.

"It's been a nightmare season because I've felt — when I've got in there — I've done well and felt really good against Blackpool.

"Hopefully I can get through it and get playing before the end of the season.

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"I've got another scan in three weeks which would be five weeks after the game.

"If everything has repaired well, I can head back into training. That would be the start of April and if all was well I could hopefully be fit for the last five or six games.

"If there isn't an improvement, it will be a different timescale."

Edwards insisted nothing has been left to chance as he already does plenty of preventative work.

"I work extremely hard on my 'prehab' and making sure my body is fit and strong enough," he said.

His absence means he will miss what would have been the biggest match of his international career — the Euro 2012 qualifier against England on March 26 at the Millennium Stadium.

"I've played in all the qualifiers so to miss the really big game just makes everything worse," he admitted.

"But I spoke to (Wales boss) Gary Speed to and he said he'd like me to go down for the game which is nice."

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