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GARDNER TICKING ALONG

Posted on 13 October 2005  - 12:00

Anthony Gardner reports steady progress in his recovery from the thigh injury sustained at Aston Villa in mid-September.

Anthony Gardner reports steady progress in his recovery from the thigh injury sustained at Aston Villa in mid-September.

It was a crushing blow for the talented defender who started and impressed in the first seven games of the season where he shared central duties with Michael Dawson and then Ledley King.

It was clear the problem was not a minor one when he pulled up in the 37th minute at Villa Park and was stretchered off.

The leg is not too bad and I am just doing rehab stuff at the moment, trying to make it strong

"It has been about four weeks since I got the injury and it is a case of building it up again although it is going to take a while - probably another three weeks before training and then it is about match fitness.

"I ruptured the thigh muscle that is attached to the hip. It is one where I have got to be careful.

"When you get a decent run of games you want to carry on for as long as you can. You hope things like this won't happen to hamper your progress, but you have to deal with it and come back stronger."

Despite his own disappointment, Anthony is greatly encouraged by the progress of the team and, like us all, hopes our stay in the top quarter is a lengthy one.