Defender King returns to training

04 February 2010 02:39
Gillingham defender Simon King has returned to light training, six months after suffering a serious ankle injury.King had to have surgery in September after damaging it during a pre-season friendly against Bromley in July. [LNB]"It is a big day, a massive day for me. I've been looking forward to this day for months," King told BBC Radio Kent. [LNB]"All that hard graft in the gym, doing the strengthening work, fitness work and finally I've got the all-clear to give light jogging a go." [LNB]The 26-year-old, who was Gillingham's player of the year last season, added: "I'm looking forward to it but am also very scared because I've been out for so long but at the same time I'm also very excited. [LNB]"I think the main thing is not to get too disheartened because I have been out for such a long time and it's bound to be a little bit painful tomorrow, and even today the surgeon said it's still going to be a little bit sore. [LNB]"Depending on how today goes will depend on how quickly I can get back to fitness and hopefully start training again."[LNB] [LNB][LNB] Before Christmas, manager Mark Stimson said he feared his influential defender would miss the entire season, but King is still holding out hope he may get a few games in. [LNB]"I'm aiming to definitely to try and get back this season," said King. "Realistically a couple of months from now - maybe late April/start of May for the last couple of games. [LNB]"But obviously it depends what situation the club is in. [LNB]"If we're in a bit of a dogfight relegation battle then the gaffer might not want to chuck me back in. [LNB]"Where as if we've eased away from it and have nothing to play for he might give me a few minutes under my belt, maybe coming off the bench and that will put me in good stead for next year."

Source: BBC_Sport