I'll have to fight for my place, says Christian Jolley
STAR striker Christian Jolley admits he faces a fight to reclaim his starting place for Newport County AFC.
The 25-year-old was an unused substitute for Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at Plymouth Argyle after five weeks out following surgery on a groin injury.
He hopes to play some part when Southend visit Rodney Parade on Saturday but he knows that he will have to bide his time due to the form of Conor Washington and Chris Zebroski.
“I’m close. We thought maybe I could pick up a few minutes (at Plymouth) but obviously the boys did well to pick up a point from another away trip so it was a good day for us,” said Jolley.
“I think we’ve dealt with all the injuries well and the boys who have stepped up and taken the shirts have been superb.
“My shirt is not ready for me. I’ve got to come back and prove a point because Conor and Chris have been excellent.
“Conor has been unbelievable. You just can’t read him and fingers crossed he can keep going.
“He’s always had the ability but now he’s had a run of games he’s full of confidence.
“And Chris doesn’t stop running,” he added. “He works so hard for the team and he gets goals. It shows the strength of our squad.
“I’ve got some catching up to do! But as long as we’re picking up points I’m not fussed at all. I’m just looking forward to being a part of it again on Saturday, getting on the bench and getting some minutes.”
Jolley revealed that he was troubled by the same groin injury during his brilliant run of form at the end of last season, culminating in his crucial goal in the Conference play-off final at Wembley.
And he’s delighted to have finally sorted the issue with an op rather than rely on injections to ease the pain.
“It’s nice to be back in the environment again,” he said. “It feels like a long time and I’m looking forward to getting back in the team and trying to do my thing again.
“It’s been difficult,” he added. “I was hoping to be back a lot sooner after the operation but I think playing on it for so long made things a bit worse.
“It really wasn’t the best. I struggled with it last season and we opted to have an injection, which masked it.
“Going through pre-season, with the amount of running we were doing, was tough and it came back with a vengeance after the Brighton game.
“But it’s done now and I’m feeling the best I have for a long time. We’ve been ironing out the problems and the new physio has been working me hard and making sure I’m ready and I’m not going to break down.”
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