Our England midfielder has joined in with the hard work at our training camp in La Manga this week after spending three months in America to repair an Achilles problem.
Darren said: “I’m hopeful of making the start of the season but obviously not looking to overdo it at this stage.
“I’ve been joining in this week. The manager has told me that there is plenty of time to go until the start of the season and there is no need to push it but I’ve pretty much joined in with everything so far.
“It feels good. I haven’t done anything for a long time so everything’s a little stiff and sore but that’s the same with everyone here.”
Darren’s season ended in February and he eventually flew out to the States to sort out the problem.
He explained: “I went through a procedure where they found a little tear that they hadn’t found in England so they went in with a needle and just pricked the tendon to make it bleed all around the point. If it bleeds it heals quicker.
“They put a little cortisone in there and put me in a boot for four weeks to help the healing process rather than just leave it.
“It wasn’t ruptured or anything but luckily I did that when I did otherwise it might have been.
“I was over there for three months but the doctor looked after me and it feels good.”
Darren Anderton is hopeful of making the start of the season.