Bouma hopes troubles are over

02 February 2010 12:32
The Holland international has not played a first-team game since dislocating his ankle in an Intertoto Cup clash with BK Odense in July 2008.[LNB]Left-back Bouma's initial comeback stalled in March after three reserve games when suffering a reaction to the ankle setback.[LNB]Then in October he played one reserve game only to sustain a toe problem.[LNB]Now he has completed another 90 minutes for the reserves - against Chelsea at Villa Park on Monday night - and is keeping his fingers crossed his troubles are behind him.[LNB]Bouma said: "I'm very pleased because it was my first game back after a long time out.[LNB]"I've only been back in training for 10 days so I was delighted with what I could do last night.[LNB]"Before the game we had said if I could get an hour it would be great and anything more would be even better, so to play the whole 90 minutes I'm very pleased.[LNB]"I felt great. I've been here before but it's always great to be back out on the pitch.[LNB]"You have to get back to full match fitness and just take it a little bit easy.[LNB]"But you can't really take it easy because sometimes you will need to go in as hard as you can on the pitch. That's exactly what I did and thankfully I came out of it okay."[LNB]Bouma added: "I'm really, really happy. This is now the third time on the comeback trail so hopefully it's third time lucky and I've got everything bad out of the way and behind me."[LNB][LNB] Barclays Prem To Be in Top 4 Win Outright: Aston Villa 7/2  

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