Barry starts on long road back

PUBLISHED: 09:00 23 August 2013

Romford's Jack Barry is continuing his recovery from injury (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford's Jack Barry is continuing his recovery from injury (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Romford captain begins rehab from injury

Romford’s Jack Barry took his first step towards a return to action this week, but knows he needs to walk before he can run.

Captain Barry had a plaster cast removed from his leg on Monday and has started his rehab work, but he will not rush his recovery.

He said: “The rehab has started already with little exercises I’ve been told to do because I’m limited to put a lot of weight on it at the moment because the ankle is still very swollen.

“Hopefully the swelling will go down in a week or so and then I can start doing a bit more and so on.

“As much as I want to get back playing as quick as possible I have to be patient also because I have to make sure it’s strong and ready for any kind of knock it takes in a game which I’m back.

“The last thing I want to do is be out for another few months with a broken ankle again and be back to square one again.”

Barry suffered the injury at the very start of Romford’s pre-season campaign and has been a frustrated observer during their first four matches of the Ryman Division One North season.

Paul Martin’s men slumped to a 2-0 home defeat against Waltham Abbey last weekend, before an injury-time equaliser earned them a point at Erith & Belvedere in midweek.

And they face two big local derbies over the Bank Holiday weekend, with Barry adding: “The boys did well on Tuesday and deserved more than a point so hopefully that will give us some momentum going into Saturday’s game.

“We’ve got two massive games this weekend, starting with Aveley, which everyone knows will be a tough game.

“We’ve played them a few times and it’s always been a good, physical game.

“It should be a good game to watch, but at the same time I don’t care if it was the worst game of the season so far and we won 1-0, as long as we get three points.

“We also have Thurrock on Monday, who we don’t really know a lot about, but I think they have changed their squad around a lot from last season.

“Having a groundshare with them and seeing them play, they will have an almost completely different side, but I expect a tough test because it’s a derby and it makes it even sweeter if you win.”

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