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Vega happy to be back

English Barclays Premiership

A friendly in front of 2,000 fans in Sweden may not mean much to most Premiership footballers, but it meant the world to Ramon Vega. It marked our Swiss international's first taste of action since December and hopefully, his return to full fitness for the first time since the Worthington Cup in March 1999.

Injury has ruined the defender's time at the Lane since he played such a big part in that Wembley triumph. Since then it has been months of frustration - finally ended against Skelleftea last Wednesday.

"You don't know what a good feeling it is to be back," said Vega. "I can honestly say that it has been since March last year that I have played properly. I was on a good run before that, we won the Worthington Cup and I felt I was playing well too. So I was very disappointed to break my foot then.

"Hopefully I can catch up again this season. I'm on the way now, played games and feel good. I've been out a long time and I need a lot of games to be where I was. I'm very focussed on that and I hope I can get back there."

It was one disaster after another following Vega's Wembley heroics. He revealed: "After the Worthington Cup Final I broke my foot, there was quite a lot of damage and I had four months out. I came back in the pre-season of last season and after a week, perhaps even three or four days, I damaged my ankle in the same place.

"It was everything together in the same area and very difficult. It all took a long time to heal up. I needed an operation on my ankle in August which actually did not go very well and I came back in October and played a couple of games but it was still very painful. I couldn't jump properly, my ankle was swollen and very painful to walk on after the games.

"I then went to Germany to have another operation in February and it was very successful. After three or four months plus pre-season, I'm starting to feel very well. Now I'm back and I hope I can stay back. The ankle feels very good. I don't feel a thing now and I think things are okay, 100 per cent."

Photographs courtesy of Action Images Ltd.

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