The midfielder has worked his way back from a long-term knee injury.
Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Richie Towell is stepping up his recovery from a long-term knee injury and is now targeting a return to full training with the squad.
The Irishman has been sidelined since pre-season, but is now eager to put a difficult summer behind him.
He said, “It’s going really well. I had a bit of a setback to begin with, but since then it’s been going in the right direction.
“I’ve started running again, and the knee feels strong. I am now looking forward to coming back and training with the lads.
“Hopefully I’ll then get back to playing for the under-23s first and then progress from there.”
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Towell’s knee problem was more complicated that initially thought, and the 25-year-old has praised Albion’s medical staff for guiding him through his recovery.
“I have been working with Shaun, the new physio, and any of the lads will tell you he’s really tough and makes you work really hard, which I like. I probably feel just as fit now as I did when I was playing and that’s credit to him.
“I had a hole in the back of my knee which was unusual, and I had a cist there too, so it was a lot worse than I actually thought.
“It was quite big and a bit of the cartilage had gone too. Luckily enough, it seems to have healed and there’s no fluid in it anymore.
“I just need to progress gradually and do a bit more running with a change of direction to make sure the knee is still flexible, then get back training with the lads.
“Then they’ll let me play back in a game, because I’m dying to be involved again and it’s been a long time.”
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