Relieved Simon no longer shouldering a massive problem

Kyah Simon is confident her best is yet to come when she returns from back-to-back operations to fix shoulder problems that have dogged her throughout her career.

Kyah Simon

Matildas star Kyah Simon in action during the 2017 Algarve Cup Source: Getty Images

The Matildas and Sydney FC star, who has suffered with constant shoulder issues over the last nine years, recently underwent a shoulder reconstruction on her right side and in about a month from now she will have the same procedure done on her left side.

Recovery time is usually six months, but Simon is hopeful of an early comeback.

And while she's still enduring a lot of post-operative pain and discomfort, she is already looking forward to the time when she can reap the benefits.

Despite all the success she's had at both club and international levels, the 25-year-old is convinced she could have done even more had there not been the physical limitations the constant threat of shoulder dislocations put on her.

"When you've always got that thought in the back of your mind it's going to restrict you," Simon told The World Game.

"I definitely haven't been able to execute things like holding a defender off, which as a number nine, where I've played the majority of my career, is a crucial thing.

"I've always had to change the way I play knowing I can't hold players off with either arm, because my shoulders will dislocate.

"I couldn't use my arm as I would've liked because I knew if my opponent ran through it my shoulder would come out.

"This is why I'm most excited to get it sorted and I'm really looking forward to the next few years because I feel like I'm going to be a new player.

"I strongly believe I'll actually improve as a player and a big part of the motivation for me to get the problem fixed is that I'll no longer have any injuries hanging over my head and holding me back."

Amazingly, Simon estimates she has had 10 to 15 partial or full dislocations to each shoulder in the last nine years, and not all have come on the football field.

"Playing in the World Cup finals in 2011, against Norway, I did it in the first half and strapped it up at halftime," she said.

"I went back on and scored a couple of goals to get us through to the next stage of the tournament, so I was proud of that.

"From World Cups to W-League games I've done it, but also just getting out of the shower and drying myself with a towel, or sometimes just moving in bed when I'm asleep and I wake up because it has just popped out.

"It reached the point where it wasn't just restricting me on the football pitch, it could be an everyday occurrence."

Simon is recuperating at home in Sydney and looking forward to coming back fitter and stronger for the next W-League season and hopefully playing a crucial role in the Matildas' road to the Women's World Cup in France in 2019.

Another huge motivator for Simon to get back to her best is the role she plays in inspiring young Indigenous footballers.

She says this week, Indigenous Football Week, should serve to encourage Indigenous footballers to strive for greatness.

"It's also a moment to reflect on what our current Indigenous players have achieved and to get the message across to the younger Indigenous kids out there that the possibilities are endless with this game," she said.

"I really want to encourage as many young Aboriginal kids as I can out there to get involved and give it a go and I'm hoping players like myself and Lydia Williams in the Matildas can inspire younger indigenous girls to play."

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Published 31 March 2017 at 6:21pm
By Greg Prichard