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Jamie Allen comeback

5 March 2013

Fleetwood Town's young professional Jamie Allen is learning to cope with the frustrations of injury, his first in the game.

By David Mitchell

Fleetwood Town's young professional Jamie Allen is learning to cope with the frustrations of injury, his first in the game.

Having made two starts, with two more from the bench, and scored his debut goal in the Football League, Allen received an ankle injury in training: 'I'm gutted and it's unfortunate timing because I'd had my chance with the gaffer and done well.  It happened on the Thursday after the Bradford game.  I travelled to Torquay with the squad, hoping to be fit to take part, but it wasn't to be. Having started so well it's made me all the more eager to get back.' 'I tried to push things before I was ready. I played for the reserves and felt Ok but wasn't really myself.  I was thinking about it too much and, although I played the full game, I took another knock which triggered the problem again.  Then it was back to square one.  There's no return date as yet but I don't want to make the same mistake and hurry things.' Despite the setback the season has surpassed Allen's expectations: 'When I got this contract my aim was to fight for another through performances in training and reserve team games.  I really didn't expect the opportunities that have come my way.  To get the chance of first team football is a a bonus and I'm delighted and thankful for that.  When I'm back fit I've just got to do what I've been doing before it happened.' Every cloud has a silver lining.  Allen has been learning to row as part of his gym work: 'I'm getting  used to the technique and getting the hang of it after a difficult start!'

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