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Pritch working hard on comeback trail

Posted on 8 December 2015  - 13:04

Alex Pritchard says the feel-good factor around the club has given him a real boost as he continues his recovery from ankle surgery.

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The lively attacking midfielder was initially injured while on duty for England at the European Under-21 Championships over the summer but, after making a couple of appearances for our Under-21s and playing a cameo role against Everton in the Premier League in the opening weeks of the season, he underwent an operation on his right ankle at the start of October.

During his spell on the sidelines, 'Pritch' has witnessed the team go on a lengthy unbeaten run in the Premier League and secure qualification from the Europa League group stage with a game to spare.

And he says the feeling of positivity radiating from his team-mates as a result of that good form has only helped him as he works his way back to fitness.

"The form of the lads has been exceptional and they've been great with me as well," said the 22-year-old. "They’ve all been speaking to me every day and telling me not to worry, reassuring me that I’ll be back playing again soon.

"Of course, I’m very happy for the boys to be doing so well but on the other hand I find myself sitting there in the physio room watching them playing on the pitch and thinking ‘that's where I want to be.’

"My goal is to return fit, be a better player and play more games in the Premier League."

Despite his obvious disappointment at being sidelined for an extended period of time – he's expected to resume full training in the New Year – Pritch always wears a smile at the Training Centre. As he works towards his comeback, he says that’s partly down to the good progress he’s been making in recent weeks.

"It’s been a difficult time for me but I’m getting there now," he added. "I’ve done a lot on the bike and now I’m starting to put bodyweight on my ankle, I’ve been in the pool and running on the treadmill.

"I'm just waiting for the back of my heel to recover properly and then once I’m back outdoors running, hopefully I won’t have to wait too long to be back on the pitch."