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Daz is back!

Posted on 28 September 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Darren Anderton is targeting a first-team return on Saturday.

The midfielder was back in action for the reserves on Wednesday night just three weeks after damaging his groin against Everton.

Anderton played the full 90 minutes in tricky conditions as the reserves recorded their first win of the season against Waford at St Albans.

A Premiership cracker at Leeds United is next on Saturday and Anderton admitted: "If the manager wants me then that would be great.

"I've played 90 minutes, got through it okay and it feels good. I will have to see how it feels on Thursday and I'm not sure what the manager's thoughts are.

"He wanted me to play 90 minutes and to see how I came through so we'll have to wait and see what happens. If I was involved in any way it would be nice."

Of course, there is also the matter of England's World Cup qualifying matches against Germany and Finland on October 7 and 11.

Anderton added: "I haven't spoken to Kevin Keegan or anyone so I would presume they are assuming I'm not going to be ready for it.

"The main thing is that I'm fit and whatever comes now we'll have to see. I would love to be involved on Saturday and if Kevin Keegan called I wouldn't say no, put it that way.

"It's a big game but it looks at the moment that I'll miss out. We'll have to see."

Anderton feared the worse after limping off against Everton on September 5. "From when it happened obviously I thought it would be quite a long while, maybe six to eight weeks," he revealed.

"So I'm pleased that things have progressed as they have and to play a game just three weeks and a day after the injury is a quick recovery.

"I'm a bit surprised myself. Things don't usually happen quickly for me when I get injured so this is a nice surprise. It was a hard game out there, especially in the conditions for the groin and it was nice to get 90 minutes under my belt.

"I know how to act with injuries now and this time I had complete rest for about a week, did nothing, let nature do its thing and that seems to have helped.

"I've come back, had the treatment, the running and rehabilitation and I'm feeling great."

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