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Conneely fighting for fitness

1 November 2018

Club News

Conneely fighting for fitness

1 November 2018

Seamus Conneely says he is fighting to regain his fitness and his starting place ahead of Stanley's trip to Coventry on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds captain missed almost all of last month recovering from a groin injury, missing seven games after coming off at half-time in the 1-0 win over Walsall at the end of September.

The 30-year-old played the full 90 minutes in the 3-0 Lancashire Senior Cup Quarter-Final victory against Bury on Tuesday, and is glad to be back playing football instead of watching it.

"I was very pleased to come through with no issues with the groin," said Conneely. "There was a little bit of tiredness at the end which I think is to be expected, but the main thing was to play for as long as I could and get no reaction.

"You don't want to force it and rush it and, thankfully for me, the physios here have been very good in restricting me with what I've been able to do.

"I'm always pushing them saying 'I want to do this or that' but they said 'no, you've got your rehab programme and you need to take it week by week. The last thing you want to happen is to come back and break down again'.

"The test was last Tuesday and I came through that so, touch wood, I'm fully fit.

"It's been difficult as I don't enjoy sitting in the stands and simply watching, but the team's been doing well and we've had some very good results."

Conneely is hoping to feature in John Coleman's plans when Stanley take on Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena, and expects the Sky Blues to pose the Reds a difficult test as they look for a sixth straight win.

"I think we're starting to see that teams don't underestimate us now," said the midfielder. "Stanley are now a scalp in the league.

"I've seen Coventry's results this season so I know they didn't perhaps get off to the best of starts, but they are certainly one of the teams in form at the moment.

"I'm sure it will be a difficult place to go to, it certainly was last year in front of a big crowd, but we did very well and won 2-0.

"They will certainly not underestimate us, they'll have done their homework and see that we're a team in form as well, so it should be a good game."

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