FC Halifax Town defender Josh Wilde says he is now back fighting fit, just in time for what will be an important final month of Town’s season.
A tough run in over the next couple of weeks will see the Shaymen play four games in the space of seven days, rounding it off with the long trip south to Torquay United next weekend.
However, this does provide Jamie Fullarton’s side with the perfect opportunity not only to find one more win to help them over the safety line, but to also give most of the squad a decent amount of playing time. For Wilde, this is something that he welcomes so soon after his injury.
“At first I didn’t think I would play again this season with the pain I was having and from what people told me about it. Fortunately, it’s not as bad as we thought so it’s good that I am back with a chance of being selected so that’s pleasing.
“Obviously, this is a massive four weeks left for everyone at the club. I will do what I can to help if I get called upon.”
The past couple of months have been frustrating for the left-back who has seen his game time restricted for a large part of 2018. Before the Solihull game a couple of weeks ago, Wilde’s last involvement was against Leyton Orient at the end of January, but he says he is now ready to be called upon.
“My injury was patellar tendonitis which was good news really that it wasn’t anything worse. So I had about five or six weeks out, and then trained in two sessions before the game against Solihull Moors. I wasn’t fully fit, my knee was fine but my actual fitness was a bit down because I hadn’t done much work on it.
“My fitness still has a little bit to go because there is only so much you can do in training compared to games, it is a different fitness when you do play games.
“In terms of my knee, it feels alright when I’m playing but it flares up a bit once I have finished and a couple of days later it might be a bit sore.
“We have got a tough run in during this week so I might get selected, but if not I will still be there to support the lads.”
Wilde’s return comes at the perfect time, as he could slot back into a side currently enjoying a positive run of form since the arrival of Fullarton.
With just one defeat in their last seven, Town have given themselves the perfect platform to ensure their Vanarama National League status, and Wilde says that this confidence will be nothing but positive heading in to this tough period.
“We have had some good results of late so it gives you that lift. You get the confidence back that you can win games at this level and do well against good opposition.
“We have got some tough games coming up but we know from these results that we can match anybody on our day. It is the same with a lot of clubs now; they all have midweek games until the end of the season so it will be tough on everybody.
“We are going to have to go out there and be confident; hopefully one more win should do it. Obviously, we don’t want to be going into the last few games still needing wins so if we can get them in the next four games it will be perfect.”
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