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MARNEY ON RETURN

Posted on 13 March 2006  - 12:00

Dean Marney didn't receive the ideal 'welcome back' when he took to the field again as a substitute for the reserves against West Ham last Monday evening.

Dean Marney didn't receive the ideal 'welcome back' when he took to the field again as a substitute for the reserves against West Ham last Monday evening.

The midfielder had been out of action with a ruptured Achilles since the end of October, a setback that ended his loan spell at Norwich City and one that was initially thought would end his season.

Deano entered play for the last 27 minutes at Stevenage and helped the team extend their lead at the top of the reserve table to ten points, but was wearing something of a grimace rather than a smile afterwards.

"I feel good, but I took a whack on my ribs and it is a bit sore at the moment," reported the Academy product. "It is just a knock though.

"I'll take it, because when my injury first happened it was thought that I might not play again this season.

"So to come back a month or more before is really pleasing," he added before reflecting on how he coped with the inactivity bought about by injury.

"I didn't get down or anything, I have just worked as hard as I could to get back. With the help of the physios I have managed it and don't think I could have done any more than I did.

"I just got on with it and looked at it as maybe a blessing in disguise. I was playing with a sore Achilles for getting on a year. Hopefully everything is sorted out now and I can push on.

"I was on crutches and with cast or boot for eight weeks, I couldn't drive with the boot and then had to wait for two weeks after it came off."

With his playing comeback now under his belt, Deano reports it is now a case of gaining match fitness through further run-outs in the coming weeks.

"I feel better than I thought I would. I feel fit, I just need that sharpness back now."