WES FOGDEN has stepped up his injury recovery.
And Andy Awford is hoping the midfielder will return to training by the end of February.
Fogden has not played this season, since suffering knee ligament damage in the summer.
The absence of his energy has been a big blow.
It’s also, undoubtedly, been a factor in the Blues not being able to repeat the flying form produced at the end of last season.
But the 26-year-old is now running outside and Awford is upbeat about his rehabilitation.
Awford said: ‘Foggy is doing great. He’s on the way.
‘On Thursday he was doing some running.
‘I’ve had injuries myself and I don’t want pressure on the lad.
‘I don’t want to set exact dates or targets because if you don’t hit them that can be a negative.
‘I think, though, at some point in the next few weeks, we’ll see him on the training ground.
‘That will be great. You’d like to think, between now and the end of February, he’d be joining in with some sessions.’
Fogden this week hit a new landmark as he began running outside with the Pompey medical team.
Awford believes meeting targets at each stage of his recovery is important motivation but is still keen to guard against Fogden pushing himself too hard.
He said: ‘He still has a bit to do but running outside is a landmark.
‘You have certain levels.
‘If you hit one mark you can go to the next one. If you do it quicker you can go to the next stage quicker.
‘He’s doing well – but you can’t rush him.’
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