McBride itching to return

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:15 AM ET

There is no question Andrew McBride will be working on his footwork the rest of this season.

Of course, that will only be away from the lacrosse floor.

The Calgary Roughnecks defender has lived through the wars on the floor and missed only one game in six seasons, but he had to sit out a week ago with a strange ailment.

McBride was suffering from an infection in his foot and missed the Riggers’ 15-7 home victory over the Philadelphia Wings.

Thanks to a few hospital visits, the ailment has healed and the eight-year veteran will get back into action Saturday night against the Washington Stealth (7:30 p.m., nll.com).

“I feel like I haven’t played in a more than a month,” McBride said. “I’m full of nervous energy right now.

“It was a bit frustrating because feet have always been a big concern for me. It seems feet are the biggest issues for lacrosse players.

“I’m done with having foot

problems.”

The strangest part about it is McBride isn’t sure what caused the infection. It started a week ago Wednesday, but the 28-year-old stuck to his workout plan and that aggravated it.

Once it blew up, McBride was going to the hospital a couple of times a day for treatment.

“It was a three-hour mission every time,” McBride said. “I was spending seven or eight hours in hospital for a four-day swing. They cut it open and drained it out with syringes.

“That made a big difference when they did that.”

McBride has missed just one game since the 2004 season — the season-opener in 2007 on the road in Colorado — so last week was the first time he didn’t suit up at home in six years.

It’s a strange view from the pressbox for McBride, who sits second in franchise games played behind forward Kaleb Toth.

“It was weird watching from up top,” McBride said. “It was good to see the fellas put in a workmanlike performance last week.

“They really came to the rink

prepared, so it made watching a bit easier.”

The Riggers filled the hole with transition player Rob Van Beek, who will once again take a seat when McBride returns.

The seven goals against shows the Riggers have depth to suffer through some injuries, but the team is healthy at the halfway point of the season.

“It’s a testament to the depth on the team that, without (McBride) in the lineup, we can lose a rock solid defender and still function,” said Roughnecks head coach Dave Pym.

“He’s been a key over the years, and to not have him in the lineup and others step in and fill the void says a lot about our back end.”

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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