Injured favourite makes training return following rehab
BROKEN hand victim Marek Stech has resumed handling work in training with the goal of being available for a Yeovil Town return at Doncaster Rovers next month.
The Czech Republic stopper has been missing since the first home game of the campaign, where he broke two bones inadvertently punching Byron Webster in the back of the head when defending a corner.
One operation and weeks of rehabilitation later, Stech has been given the green light to up his recovery with coach Gareth Stewart and could even get the green and white light to be in the Glovers squad at the Keepmoat Stadium on November 22.
Stech said: "We started light handling last week, will see how it is and then progress every week.
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"We started handling earlier this month but had a reaction so I had to have a couple of days off. At the moment it's looking really good and the swelling has gone down.
"Hopefully we won't have another reaction from the light handling so we can keep progressing. We're looking for me to be back in three to four weeks and we will be aiming for me to be available for the Doncaster game."
Stech's early injury was initially covered by Manchester United youngster Sam Johnstone, but when he damaged finger tendons in the warm-up on debut at Burnley he soon returned to Old Trafford.
Wolverhampton Wanderers' stopper and Wales international Wayne Hennessey has filled the vacancy over a more extended period, despite a knee injury threatening to end his spell at Huish Park before it had even started.
Former West Ham United man Stech revealed his frustration at his prolonged spell on the sidelines, but said it has given him the opportunity to potentially return a better keeper than he started the campaign.
"It was definitely frustrating because we were promoted last season and I was looking forward to playing in the Championship and doing well for the club," said Stech, who became a father for the first time just months ago.
"It's been a frustrating time but there is a bright side as well because I have been able to work on my kicking and doing all the other parts I have been able to whilst not being able to catch.
"It's been difficult because the lads haven't quite been getting the results and, as a keeper, the clean sheet against Brighton was only the second we have had. Hopefully we can start picking up some points, I can get fit and I can keep some clean sheets.
"You can always improve on every part of you. Obviously as soon as I was injured we started working on my legs. Everything is quicker and harder in the Championship. We've got to be much better than last year and improve on everything, such as handling, coming for crosses and kicking.
"Hopefully it will have worked and hopefully I will be back fitter, better and stronger than last season."