Henry’s delight as he steps up Town comeback

WINGER Charlie Henry was delighted to complete his first 90 minutes in a Luton Town shirt during the friendly at St Neots on Tuesday night, writes Mike Simmonds.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 6th October 2011, 9:04 am

The 24-year-old signed for Luton back in November 2010 but suffered a detached ligament in his foot and is yet to feature for the first team.

He has taken part in Hatters’ last two reserve matches, and stepped up his comeback further in midweek, netting from the spot in Town’s 4-2 defeat.

Henry said: “Personally to get 90 minutes was a really good thing for me, I was really happy.

“Being out for 11 months, I still need to get my sharpness back but it was a big thing to get 90 minutes.

“There’s being fit and there’s being match fit. I can do everything at the training ground, everything the gaffer and people do to put you through your paces, but to actually play a game is a completely different scenario.

“So to get 90 minutes was really good for me and my fitness.”

Henry wasn’t given any preferential treatment during the match and didn’t shirk out of any tackles either in what was a competitive fixture.

He continued: “I don’t mind putting my foot in here and there.

“I haven’t held back at all from challenges, either in training or in games, so I’m not worried about my foot.”

Speaking on Wednesday morning, Henry was getting ready to continue his recuparation.

He said: “I’ll have an ice batch and might have a little cool down at the gym.

“I don’t feel too bad, I really don’t.

“I worked hard on Friday and Saturday and did quite a bit on Monday and had 90 minutes on Tuesday which is a good thing.

“I’m playing through a bit of pain and have got to have an injection in my ankle. I’ve been getting quite a lot of pain in my ankle, this should settle it down.

“I’ve been getting quite a lot of pain in my foot too, but that’s bearable and I can play through it. Within a month or two the pain should go fingers crossed, it’s (the injection) just going to remove the inflammation in my ankle so that will be good.

“I had the ankle in a plaster cast and a boot for six months, so fingers crossed nothing else will happen, no strains or pulls.”

Henry has been present at home matches this season and believes Hattes are well set to make a title challenge.

He said: “We’ve done really well other than conceding sloppy goals here and there.

“I don’t think we’ve punished teams enough though and are unlucky to not get a few more points than we have done.

“Kidderminster is going to be a tough game, but if we can get three points on the back of our 5-1 victory on Saturday it will boost the lads.”

Hatters fell six points behind leaders Wrexham on Tuesday night who thumped Gateshead 4-1.

Henry added: “That’s the Blue Square, anyone can beat anyone.

“Hopefully we can go unbeaten and get a few points and start to steamroll.”

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