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Wrexham FC stopper relishing pre-season return

18 June 2013

Richard Williams - Evening Leader By Richard Williams - The Leader

Joslain MayebiGoalkeeper Joslain Mayebi has been given the all clear to return to full training when Wrexham report back for pre-season - and it can’t come soon enough for the Cameroonian.

Mayebi missed the final three months of last season after sustaining a serious Achilles’ injury in Wrexham’s 2-2 draw against Southport at The Racecourse on January 29.

But after completing his rehabilitation programme and being told by the specialist he has made a full recovery, Mayebi is spending the summer building up his fitness levels and admits he can’t wait for pre-season training to begin on July 1.

“Everything is spot on,” said Mayebi. “I have finished my rehab and I have had the all clear from the surgeon and the physio to step up my fitness work and push on.

“It is just all about the fitness side now because the injury has fully healed so I am back running around the streets. I just need to strengthen it.

“It feels okay, I can run and I can jump. I have been working hard but unfortunately for me, there is no holiday. But I want to be be ready for pre-season, that is much better for me.

“I honestly can’t wait for pre-season. I can’t wait to see everybody, I can’t wait to get back to working hard in training and I can’t wait to enjoy my football again - I really can’t wait.”

It was first feared that Mayebi had suffered a full tear and would be out for eight months but it emerged he suffered a partial rupture of the Achilles tendon.

Although the injury put a premature end to last season, not having to go under the surgeon’s knife means Mayebi will be back between the posts when Wrexham kick-off their new Conference campaign on August 10.

“Thankfully I didn’t need surgery in the end,” said Mayebi. “The surgeon said it was a bad injury but not as bad as it could have been.

“The Achilles’ had not completely snapped so that was a relief because if I needed surgery, I would have been out for longer - easily eight months.

“I have made good progress with my programme and the injury has completely healed. I don’t know if I will be ready for the first friendly (against Blackburn Rovers on July 6) but it will be good to be back training with the lads.”

But although he will be in action sometime during Wrexham’s pre-season programme, Mayebi was still disappointed to miss an important chunk of his side’s promotion challenge last term which ended with defeat against Newport County in the play-off final.

In the absence of Mayebi, player-boss Andy Morrell signed Chris Maxwell, who left Wrexham in May 2012 on a free transfer, on loan from Fleetwood Town and he helped the Reds’ win the FA Trophy at Wembley before the dream of a return to the Football League came to an end at the same stadium.

It was a third year in a row Wrexham have suffered play-off heartbreak but Mayebi is eager to make amends.

“It was really hard to miss it,” added Mayebi. “Everyone worked hard and did a great job to get to the final and in football, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.

“Unfortunately we did not make it but this kind of thing can only make you stronger.

“Wrexham are a league club so hopefully this season we can win promotion because three years of missing out has been really hard for everybody.”

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