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Johnson targets pre-season
13 Jun 2007 - 16:16:47
Everton striker Andrew Johnson claims his injured ankle is stronger than ever and has targeted a return in time for pre-season training.
The England striker was sent for surgery before the end of last season on a long-running ankle problem and will spend the summer working at the club's Bellefield training ground.
Johnson netted 12 times in his debut season with the Toffees despite the campaign being blighted by a series of injury problems.
Referring to his injured ankle, he told the club's official website: "It's brand new and it's probably the first time in two or three years that it's felt this good.
"I am doing some balance and strengthening work before taking the weekend off. Then I will be back next week to do some ball work so that I am ready to join the boys when they all return on July 2. I will be perfect by then.
"I have been running well, certainly with some decent speed. I have been running at three-quarter pace and was tempted to bring my boots in and start kicking balls about.
"But I know I have to be patient and I have got plenty of time on my side. Part of the reason for me getting the operation done early was so that I can come back early.
"I've had a ten-day break with the family and I am back now doing some jogging and things are going fine."