BRO­KEN LEG NO BAR­RIER TO BOLD OSCAR

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Char­lie Peat

AF­TER al­most four months out with a bro­ken leg, Oscar Threlkeld could be for­given for go­ing into fierce chal­lenges with some trep­i­da­tion.

Yet the Ply­mouth right­back in­sists he will hap­pily jump right back into the thick of things af­ter mak­ing a suc­cess­ful re­turn in mid­week.

The 22-year-old frac­tured his fibula in a 50-50 chal­lenge dur­ing the Carabao Cup match against Bris­tol City in August but played 90 min­utes in the 2-1 Check­a­trade Tro­phy de­feat to Yeovil on Tues­day with­out any set­backs.

“If it came up again, I’d def­i­nitely go in full steam ahead. That’s the sort of player I am. I’m not go­ing to back out of any­thing,” said Threlkeld.

“I feel com­fort­able go­ing into tack­les and I’m feel­ing good all the way round.

“It’s not an easy thing for me to go back into the team. We’ve all been play­ing to a high stan­dard, so I’ve got to work hard in train­ing and try to get back into my po­si­tion.

“But, if Gary (Sawyer) and Aaron (Tay­lor-Sin­clair) have been play­ing well in my ab­sence, it’s go­ing to be hard for me to get back into the team.”

Threlkeld at­tempted to come back from the injury in early Oc­to­ber but lasted just 45 min­utes in a league clash with Fleet­wood.

And, with that aborted re­turn ex­tend­ing his spell on the side­lines, the former Bolton man is now ea­ger to make up for lost time.

“Go­ing into the Fleet­wood game, my­self and the gaffer (Derek Adams) agreed that I would play,” he added.

“I was fine go­ing into that game, but as soon as the first con­tact came in I felt it get sore. The next tackle came in and the next, but it be­came too sore.

“I’m a big be­liever in things hap­pen­ing for a rea­son so maybe this is my time to shine and to help the team. I’m look­ing for­ward to it.”

RE­TURN: Oscar Threlkeld

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