Barker has been out of action for an extended period and while it’s encouraging that he’s back in action, he has revealed that he is still suffering slight repercussions from an extended period out of the side.
“The last three months have been huge for me and I am grateful for the help, support and encouragement I have received,” he wrote.
“My knee is not perfect. It is a bit sore and stiff at times but I am able to play football again.”
Barker is under a little bit of pressure because his contract with the club expires at the end of the season.
If he wants to stay with the Rams, he’s got to try and play his way through any pain and show something before the end of the season, which would warrant an extension.
If that’s not an option, he still has to play effectively to try and earn himself a new deal with another club, who may be prepared to take a punt on him.
While he’s confirmed that his knee is feeling sore, it’s not a major worry or surprising considering the amount of time he’s been out of action.
In the same column, he comments that it’s three years since he’s been playing regularly so a bit of stiffness and soreness is to be expected.
He’s a very experienced professional and it will now be a case of getting his head down and working hard over the rest of the campaign, before the next big decision in his career.