Byrne’s ea­ger for re­turn to ac­tion

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MAC­CLES­FIELD Town de­fender Neill Byrne ad­mits he is had had to en­dure a frus­trat­ing few weeks af­ter spend­ing time on the side­lines through in­jury.

Byrne made his re­turn to the Silk­men team when he came off the bench dur­ing Satur­day’s 2-1 FA Cup de­feat to Portsmouth.

It was his first ap­pear­ance in a Mac­cles­field shirt for a while, and he is glad to fi­nally be back in the fold.

“It’s been frus­trat­ing while I’ve been in­jured but th­ese things hap­pen in foot­ball so now I just have to move on,” he said.

“It has taken a lot longer than I thought it would to re­turn so it’s nice to be back with the other play­ers as it can get a bit bor­ing be­ing in the physio room ev­ery day!

“I’ve been back train­ing with the lads since last Mon­day and I’m get­ting fit­ter and sharper as each day goes on and with the ex­tra train­ing I’ve been do­ing in the gym I feel good.

“It’s up to the man­ager whether he feels I’m fit enough to start games and if he de­cides I’m ready then I’ll be up for it.”

Mac­cles­field have been in de­cent form dur­ing Byrne’s ab­sence, and he has been im­pressed with what he has seen from his team-mates.

“The lads have done very well with­out me and in the games I’ve been to watch at home I think they have played great,” he said.

“Gateshead are right up there as one of the best sides in the league and when I watched our match against them I thought we played them off the park, so ev­ery­one has been im­pres­sive.”

Byrne joined Mac­cles­field from AFC Telford ear­lier this year, and the Re­pub­lic of Ire­land U19 in­ter­na­tional has also played for Not­ting­ham For­est, Rochdale, Bar­row and South­port dur­ing his ca­reer.

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