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Keeper Close To Fitness

15 October 2015

James progressing well on road to fitness.

He said: "It's been good and a nice change of scenery, rather than the physio room or the gym!

And, talking to the official website, he was glad to be back in action.

The shot stopper injured his knee towards the back end of last season, but has been back out on the pitches in the last couple of weeks as he steps up his rehabilitation.

Young U's goalkeeper James Bransgrove is moving closer to fitness after nearly six months on the sidelines.

"It's been very controlled since getting back out onto the pitches, to ease me back in. I'm not diving yet, but instead I am collapsing more gently and then taking time to get back up.

"It's good to be back out there, but frustrating that I am still a bit restricted, as I just want to get playing now."

James now has his eyes on a return to U21s action, knowing that his leg is feeling stronger with each day spent out on the pitches.

He continued: "I've got to see a surgeon on the 19th November and he's expecting me to have played by then, but it might be a bit touch and go. In the grand scheme of things, being a week or two behind is not too bad.

"It feels strong and has really come on the last few weeks. With the single leg jumping that I have been doing, it's building up and we're making the leg work hard. That strength will come with training."

The U21s have had a great start to the new season, currently sitting top of their league having won all of their home games so far.

With that in mind, James knows he might have to be patient, particularly with fellow keeper Dillon Barnes having made a big impression since his arrival earlier this season.

James reflected: "The boys are flying. We were a bit inconsistent last season, but all of us are a year older now and I think we will have a good year.

"Dillon and I are getting on well. I've been doing weights with the other keepers and been doing some one to one stuff.

"Dillon is very good with his feet and I might have to ask for a couple of tips!

"Watching how comfortable he is on the ball makes me think I can learn that aspect of the game, and perhaps I can pass on some of my own bits, so we can push each other on."

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