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22nd June 2007 0:17

Evening Post,20 June 2007

Jonathan D'Laryea remains confident he will be ready to start Mansfield's new League Two campaign in August - even though his recovery from an ankle injury is behind schedule.

The influential midfielder had hoped to report back fit for pre-season training on July 5, along with the rest of his team-mates.

But D'Laryea, 21, has conceded that is now unlikely and has instead pinned his hopes on playing some part in the pre-season build-up.

"It is taking a little longer than expected and I'm not going to be ready for the start of the pre-season, as was the aim," he said.

"But as long as I am able to play some part in pre-season, and then be ready for the new campaign, I won't mind too much."

"I have been asking the physio when I can start running again and he told me to wait until I had returned from my holiday.

"I have been to see him since getting back and he has given me the nod to start some jogging, so that's a relief."

D'Laryea sustained the injury in the 0-0 derby draw at Notts County in March.

He first had his foot in an aircast boot for just over a month to aid the recovery process and, since having it removed, has been working to maintain his overall fitness.

He said: "Every day I have been doing 20 minutes on the bike and then on the cross-trainer, which helps to loosen up the ankle.

"I have also had some muscle wastage on my calf, so I have been doing my best to strengthen it.

"It's going to be hard work because I am going to be a couple of weeks training behind the rest of the lads, having already been out for a while as well."


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