Date: 18th January 2016 at 10:05am
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Defender Florin Gardos has said he can almost see the finishing line when it comes to his rehabilitation and recovery from injury.

Having been sidelined since July after picking up a knee injury during training at Staplewood and initially been given a seven month lay off spell, the Romanian international admitted it had been a huge blow to him, but with plenty of hard work under his belt already, he feels like he’s on the home stretch now for a first team return.

Speaking to saintsfc in the pre West Brom matchday programme, the player explained.

‘I was really confident after my first season because the team played great and we finished in a really good position to get into the Europa League. Then the main competitor for my place in the team Toby Alderweireld left so I was confident, but this shows you can never know what happens in life because sometimes you have accidents like this.’

Having spent plenty of time with the clubs medical staff and physiotherapists, the 27 year old is now doing extra work in the gym to build up his fitness further and at the moment he’s well on track for a return to full training within the next few months.

‘It should probably be the beginning of February that I join with the team in training and then perhaps another couple of weeks before I get used to playing again and being on the pitch with my teammates. It`s quite different actually to now being on your own where I`m working with Bill Styles, First Team Sports Scientist, so it will take a bit of time to get used to playing again, but I hope it`s going to go as it has done to now because I haven`t really had any problems with the knee, so everything has gone almost perfectly and hopefully it`s going to be OK.’

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