Romford’s Barry cast into supporting role

PUBLISHED: 09:09 09 August 2013

Romford captain Jack Barry misses the start of the season due to injury (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Romford captain Jack Barry misses the start of the season due to injury (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Injured captain frustrated to miss action

Sitting on the sidelines can be one of the most frustrating things that any footballer can endure.

When that time out is forced on a player by injury and causes them to miss an entire pre-season campaign, those frustrations are compounded further.

Unfortunately that has been the case for Romford’s Jack Barry who has spent the summer on the sidelines because of an ankle injury.

“The most gutting thing is not being able to start the season with the lads and not being able to put any input to the game while watching from the sidelines,” he said.

Barry described his ankle injury as a “nightmare” as it means he has only been able to do limited fitness work while his teammates have worked hard through the summer ahead of the new Ryman Division One North campaign.

Without their defender and captain during pre-season, Romford have endured a real mixed bag of results, winning three, drawing three and losing three of their friendlies.

But despite this Barry is confident his teammates will be able to do well without him in the early part of the 2013-14 season.

They visit Needham Market tomorrow (Saturday) before hosting Waltham Forest at Ship Lane on Tuesday, a fixture brought forward 24 hours from its original date to avoid clashing with the televised England-Scotland international.

“I am sure all the boys will do nothing but graft for the 90 minutes and come away with something,” added Barry.

“It will be a lovely playing surface (at Needham Market) to play on and should be an entertaining game.”

Centre-back Barry’s ankle is currently still in a cast after he broke it, but he is confident he will be back playing sooner rather than later.

“The ankle is healing nicely. I went for another x-ray the other day and it shows it is healing like it is supposed to do, so that was some good news,” he said.

“It’s on schedule for the cast to come off in two weeks time, depending on what my x-ray shows, but hopefully it will be good news.

“Then I can start to strengthen it up again and then start my pre season and get fit again.”

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