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Reynolds passed fit for FA Vase final

PUBLISHED: 09:39 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:19 05 July 2010

LOWESTOFT Town goalkeeper Andy Reynolds has declared himself fit for Wembley after successfully coming through 90 minutes of a practise match on Monday.

LOWESTOFT Town goalkeeper Andy Reynolds has declared himself fit for Wembley after successfully coming through 90 minutes of a practise match on Monday.

The 20 year-old was stretchered off midway through the second half of the FA Vase semi-final first leg against Whitley Bay six weeks ago after his right hip popped out as he took a goal kick.

Remarkably Reynolds then played in the second leg of the tie just a week later, his injured hip coming out of the socket three times throughout the game.

Since then, Reynolds has undertaken a dedicated daily physiotherapy regime in a race against time to be fit for the final this Sunday.

Having sat out five first team matches, Reynolds made his return a week and a half ago when he completed 35 minutes against Walsham-le-Willows.

And his place in the Wembley line-up was virtually confirmed on Monday when he came through a full match for Lowestoft's reserves in a closed doors practise match against the first team.

The Denes High School teacher said: “Monday was the first time I have felt it was strong enough to last a match. I now know it is not going to be a repeat of the Whitley Bay second leg and can finally start to enjoy all the publicity and build-up to the match.

“I have been working on the injury in one way or another every day, whether it be receiving a massage off the physios or building up strength up at the gym.

“There was one stage where the injury stopped responding to the treatment we had devised and we had to call an emergency meeting to change the regime.

“At that time I was told that if we didn't change the approach I would probably not be ready for the final and would be playing a cameo role at best, but thankfully I managed to get back on track.

“Everyone has played their part, whether it be my physios, my instructor at the gym or the canteen ladies at work who have made sure I have a nice healthy salad ready at lunch every day.

“The game on Monday was perfect preparation. The young reserve team players ran all day, which is just what our first outfield players needed to be up against, while personally it was great for me to be tested by our first team strikers.”

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