D`LARYEA TARGETS RETURN AGAINST BARNET
D'Laryea targets return at barnet
Mansfield midfielder Jonathan D'Laryea has targeted a comeback at Barnet on October 13 as he continues his recovery from ankle surgery.
The 21-year-old has not started a match since he ruptured ligaments against Notts County in March.
But he began a two-week stint of specialist rehabilitation work at the National Sports Centre, Lilleshall yesterday and is optimistic that his return is not far off.
"I am running at three-quarter pace in a straight line now without any problems," said D'Laryea.
"But the ankle still needs strengthening before I can kick a ball and twist and turn comfortably, as you do in matches.
"Once I have got back from Lilleshall then I am still going to need time to get properly fit. Even though I have been working hard, I have not played for six months.
"It is looking like five weeks or so, so that would take me up to the Barnet game and that is what I am aiming for.
"But if there are any doubts then I would rather take an extra week or so to get right."
The former Manchester City trainee has been receiving intensive physio at Mansfield.
He said: "I'm very thankful to everyone at Stags but I will be getting specialist treatment at Lilleshall, which is what I need right now."
Notts Police have warned fans to behave ahead of the Mansfield-Chesterfield derby at Field Mill on Saturday. Chief inspector Mark Holland said they will not tolerate any disorder."
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