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Anthony steps up his recovery after injury

Midfielder on track to be back in first-team contention soon

2 January 2020

Anthony Wordsworth said that he’s made a significant step forward in his recuperation from a calf injury that has kept him out of action for two months.

The experienced midfielder, who has not featured since the 1-1 draw against Lincoln City, said: “Hopefully, I will be joining in training with the boys on Monday. I had a little tear in my calf, but I tried to come back too soon and I suffered a setback. I’ve started running outside so I’m glad to be back training.”

Anthony has watched Wimbledon’s young talents make the step-up to first-team action in recent weeks and he’s been impressed by the performances of Jack Rudoni, who made a rather memorable first impression on him in training!

“Jack is a really good player. When he first came over to train with us we were doing one v ones and he twisted me inside out! He is some talent and it’s nice to see him getting some games now, but if he keeps playing it will mean he’s taking my position!

“We have a young squad this season. I remember looking around in pre-season and thinking ‘I’m the oldest player here’. That was a bit worrying! The young boys have done really well recently. They are good lads and the senior players help them out as much as we can. When we come back we will help them even more.”

Speaking during a Facebook Live interview with Rob Cornell before yesterday’s match, Anthony praised departing Sports Scientist Jason Moriarty, who is leaving a role he started back in 2008.   

 “Jason has been here a long time and he’s been brilliant,” said Anthony. “He is really good at his job, everyone is gutted to see him go and we will miss him. Not only is he good at his job, but he’s good around the place as well. He’s a bit of a character and we have a laugh every day so he will be missed. He’s a nightmare for players coming back from injury! He actually does all the running with you and he’s as fit as a fiddle! At times, you get out-run by the fitness coach, which is a little bit embarrassing, but he takes pride in his work.”

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