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Angel Continuing to Step Up Comeback

6 March 2016

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Spireites midfielder Angel Martinez has made the latest step in his long return to fitness this week as he returned to the training pitch for the first time.

Not yet ready to join in with the first team squad, Angel instead worked with strength and conditioning coach Mal Purchase on sets of drills designed to move him closer to full fitness after his knee injury.

While no time scale has yet been put on his recovery, first-team coach Chris Morgan is happy with the 30-year-old's continued progress.

"It was great to see him with his boots on going through some functional work with Mal," said Morgan. "It's good for Angel as it's another milestone out on the grass where all of a sudden it's a different feeling to doing his running, weights and balance work.

"We've heard a lot about Angel since we came in as a player, we've got to know him as a person and he's a fantastic lad.

"It'll be slowly but surely, we'll get the reins on him because now he'll get carried away, which is a natural thing. He'll think he's out on the training pitch - and ready for Saturday knowing Angel - but we'll do the right thing by him and make sure we get a fully-fit ready-to-go Angel Martinez once he's ready."

Morgan further explained the difficulties a player has to face when recuperating from a career-threatening injury as well as his initial interactions with the likeable Spanish midfielder.

He said: "When you're injured you spend a lot of time alone, especially with an injury like Angel's when there are times when you can only do a certain amount after the operation. It's baby steps where you're allowed to do this then you're allowed to do this, so he'll have spent a long time on his own.

"When we first came in I saw him underneath the stand one afternoon on a trampette throwing a ball up against the wall and doing his balance work. It's hard when you can hear all the lads going off to training all jovial.

"He's worked hard, we've spoken to Rodger (Wylde) about his progression and he's coming along well. 

"He's made really good strides but the important thing now is just to keep him under wraps a little bit but keep the enthusiasm there because he's got fantastic enthusiasm."

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