Desperate Dance just weeks from a return

DESPERATE for a return to first team action, long-term casualty James Dance is having to stagger his return from an ankle operation.

He revealed in our sister papers the News/Gazette yesterday that he is finally back running in training and is hopefully just a matter of weeks away from rejoining first team training.

Dance famously wore a mask last season to play just days after fracturing a cheekbone and having surgery to repair it.

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And he’s frantic to get back, saying: “I hope that shows I’m desperate to come back as soon as I can. But it’s certainly weeks rather than months.

“All along I haven’t put a timescale on it because I was told not to... because I would frustrate myself too much, because I really would play tomorrow if I was given half a chance.

“The specialist said all along the foot would tell me when it’s ready. It can’t be rushed.

“If I had it my way I would have been playing some of the friendlies, but the physio, probably rightly so, is keeping me under wraps at the minute.

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“I just have good days and not so good days. Obviously I had a lot of work done on my ankle, so some days it will be a lot sorer than others.

“It’s just about getting through the workload as quick as I can.”

And the 25-year-old midfielder knows he faces a real battle to get back into Luton’s midfield.

He said: “That’s part of the problem, the team that we’ve assembled now as you’ve seen are looking really strong.

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“There’s a good unit there, which I do feel part of, but on the edge of it.

“I’m desperate to try and stake a claim to get in the 16 come Saturdays. That’s what I’m focused on.”

And he remains hopeful he can play a key role in Town’s promotion push.

On his targets for the season, he added: “Promotion first and foremost and then to play as big or as small a part as needed.

“I’m confident I can force my way back in and that’s the challenge I’ve set myself.”

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