County hero Byron Anthony plots his return from horror injury

South Wales Argus: Newport's Byron Anthony is treated by medical staff during the Capital One Cup, First Round match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 6, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Brighton. Photo credit should read: Gar Newport's Byron Anthony is treated by medical staff during the Capital One Cup, First Round match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 6, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Brighton. Photo credit should read: Gar

NEWPORT County AFC defender Byron Anthony could be fit within a month as he aims to boost the Exiles’ promotion push.

The 29-year-old has been sidelined since breaking his leg in County’s Capital One Cup victory at Brighton & Hove Albion in August.

But Anthony is making rapid progress in his recovery and he believes a return to playing is not too far away.

“I go for a check-up on January 16 to see how everything is progressing,” he said.

“I’m doing a lot of work with the physio Adam Roche and Tony James, who is strength and conditioning coach now, and I’m feeling stronger every day.

“I’m looking forward to my progression. In my mind I’ve got a target and I don’t want to be too specific but it will be towards the end of January or the beginning of February I think.

“We’ll see how the rehab goes but I’m in good hands and looking forward to getting back on the pitch.

“Tony has been great,” he added. “He has fantastic experience and knowledge of the game and it is brilliant working with him.”

There’ll be no rest for Anthony over the festive period either as he steps up his recovery.

“I’ll be in over Christmas doing my fitness work and I’ll be travelling with the boys,” he said.

“It’s not really time off for me and I’ve always been made to feel part of the squad even though I’ve been out for a long time now.

“I haven’t felt like I’ve stepped away from it. I’m working extremely hard to get back and boost the squad, just like all the other injured players.

“The boys are doing extremely well at the moment and we all want to be a part of it.”

The Newport-born star, a former Wales under-21 international, insists he has never had any doubts that he would come back from his horrific injury.

And he’s taken inspiration from the way stars like fellow Welshman Aaron Ramsey have flourished after recovering from similar setbacks.

“It’s part of football. You do get injured and I’m determined to come back fitter and stronger than ever,” he said.

“You only really get fully tested by taking part in training and playing games but I’m in a positive frame of mind and I can’t wait to get back out.

“You look at Aaron Ramsey as an example. His injury was a bit worse than mine because he dislocated his ankle and had a compound fracture as well whereas I just had a straight break.

“He took a while to get back to his best but he’s in the Premier League so it will but he’s not doing too bad now so that’s encouraging to me.

“Djibril Cisse did both of his legs as well so there are plenty of examples of players who’ve come back and I’m looking forward to kicking on and going forward with Newport County.”

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2:33pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Peter Rabbit says...

Great attitude; great sportsman. I was at Brighton when Byron was injured. What a great loss to the team. He deserves to recover fully and succeed for the County. When he returns, he'll get a wonderful "welcome back". A top drawer Newport star.
Great attitude; great sportsman. I was at Brighton when Byron was injured. What a great loss to the team. He deserves to recover fully and succeed for the County. When he returns, he'll get a wonderful "welcome back". A top drawer Newport star. Peter Rabbit

10:02pm Mon 23 Dec 13

emlynkide says...

i thought he was outstanding before his injury, hope you make a complete recovery byron.
i thought he was outstanding before his injury, hope you make a complete recovery byron. emlynkide

10:17pm Mon 23 Dec 13

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

Well done Byron, what a brilliant attitude! When are we going to hear something similar from O'Connor and Porter? At this rate they'll have sat out a whole season with much lesser injuries! May be time to cut our losses and get someone else in.
Well done Byron, what a brilliant attitude! When are we going to hear something similar from O'Connor and Porter? At this rate they'll have sat out a whole season with much lesser injuries! May be time to cut our losses and get someone else in. lowandhardandinthecorner

12:05pm Tue 24 Dec 13

county mad says...

lowandhardandintheco
rner
wrote:
Well done Byron, what a brilliant attitude! When are we going to hear something similar from O'Connor and Porter? At this rate they'll have sat out a whole season with much lesser injuries! May be time to cut our losses and get someone else in.
Regarding O'Connor he had a psrticularly bad groin strain that required a second op I will welcome him back whenever he his class, you know if he gets the ball anywhere near the box he scores. Happy xmas andUP THE COUNTY!!!!
[quote][p][bold]lowandhardandintheco rner[/bold] wrote: Well done Byron, what a brilliant attitude! When are we going to hear something similar from O'Connor and Porter? At this rate they'll have sat out a whole season with much lesser injuries! May be time to cut our losses and get someone else in.[/p][/quote]Regarding O'Connor he had a psrticularly bad groin strain that required a second op I will welcome him back whenever he his class, you know if he gets the ball anywhere near the box he scores. Happy xmas andUP THE COUNTY!!!! county mad

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