NEWPORT County AFC defender Mickey Demetriou has declared himself fit for this afternoon’s home clash with Stevenage at Rodney Parade.

The centre-back has been sidelined since breaking his leg against Plymouth Argyle on August 17 but he returned to full training this week.

And, with County hit by injuries and illness, Demetriou says he’s ready to return if needed.

“I’m available for selection this afternoon, which is the most pleasing thing because it’s the moment I’ve been working towards during my rehabilitation,” said the 29-year-old in an interview with the official club programme for today’s match.

“I’ve not played a game behind closed doors or anything like that, but we’ve had a good week of training, so fingers crossed I’ll make the squad."

South Wales Argus:

“I’ve missed 23 games, so I’d never expect myself to come straight back into the team, but I’ve made myself available for selection so it’s down to the gaffer and Hats [assistant manager Wayne Hatswell] to decide what they want to do.

“I’ve done my part, which was work hard for 17 weeks and now I’m back.

“I don’t want to be missing any more games now I’m fit so if the gaffer picks me this afternoon then I’ll give my best, if he doesn’t then it means I’ve got another week of training before the next match so I can get even stronger.”

Fans attending today’s game will also be able to purchase The Exiles – The Remarkable Story of Newport AFC, a new book written by honorary club president David Hando.

With stories from fellow fans, the book charts the demise of Newport County and formation of its successor in 1989.

Costing £15, the book contains more than 100 photographs and previously unpublished documents.

It is on sale at Rodney Parade today and Hando will be signing copies in the marquee before and after the game, and at half-time in the Bisley Lounge.