Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale has confirmed that he has resumed first team training, as part of his rehabilitation from a foot injury sustained last December. The 33 year old has been missing for three months since a training ground injury whilst on loan with League Two side Burton Albion ended his ultra-short spell with the Brewers.
Whilst Burton initially diagnosed an ankle injury, Weale was later shown to have fractured three bones in his foot, which made for a longer period out of action. However, he has told BBC Somerset that he's now back in full training and only getting a mild reaction to the injury, and so is hopeful that he'll be ready for selection towards the end of this month:
"I'm probably about one or two weeks away (from being ready for selection). I've trained for about eight days in total now. It's just reacting in training a little bit, but I'm hopefully not long at all. It's just great to get the gloves on, first and foremost as I've been out for a while. It's just great to feel the ball again."
Weale's rehabilitation programme and the delays in getting him back into full training have provided frustrating, particularly given that a head injury to team-mate Artur Krysiak meant that the Glovers had to dip into the loan market, with both of their goalkeepers on the treatment table. Weale has been able to watch the club's temporary replacement Scott Loach in action and has been impressed by what he has seen:
"He's a very good goalkeeper. Obviously he was drafted into the England squad earlier on in his career and did very well at Watford. He's just hit a bit of a stumbling block, as goalkeepers do, because there's only one position to play for. So I've been very impressed with Scott in training, and he was brilliant in his first game."
The former youth team player has also been able to witness the return of Terry Skiverton as acting first team manager, after he replaced Gary Johnson just over a month ago. Whilst he's yet to play under Skiverton, Weale has been able to see the club's matches and training sessions and is happy with what he has seen so far under the new boss:
"I've been very impressed with the manager - extremely impressed. He's very positive, very upbeat and very focussed and very driven. I think you can see that in our performances since he's taken over. We're trying to play attractive football, but obviously get results as well. So he's doing a very good job."
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