Things were going so well for the young centre-half in the summer. He was a member of England’s European Under-21 Championship squad and hugely impressive in our pre-season tour of Sweden.
But then it went wrong. Gardner picked up a hip problem towards the end of the pre-season programme and hasn’t played since.
Now he’s set to play for the first time since July when Chris Hughton’s reserve team travel to Stevenage Borough for a friendly on Tuesday night.
Gardner revealed: “I had a little pull on my hip on my left side which caused all the problems and I couldn’t train for four or five weeks.
“It happened just after we got back from Sweden, near to the start of the season. I’m just getting back in the frame now, back in regular training and trying to get match fitness.
“I was looking forward to the season but unfortunately this has set me back a bit.
Hopefully I can get my full fitness back now and look to push on.
“It’s been frustrating but in football today you have to deal with these things. Everyone gets injured sooner or later and you have to bounce back. It’s how you bounce back from injury that makes the player.”
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Anthony Gardner’s season will finally kick-off on Tuesday night.