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Perch pleased to be on comeback trail

JAMES Perch is eyeing an imminent return to First Team action, following his comeback from injury in Monday's Under-23 victory against Charlton Athletic.

After four and a half months on the sidelines with a dislocated kneecap, Perch played the full 90 minutes in our 5-1 win over the Addicks at Harlington.

Now, he's keen to kick on and play his way back in to Ian Holloway's squad.

"It was nice to be back out there," he told

"I've been back training for a few weeks, but because of the nature of the injury I've had to be patient and pick the right time to get back out there playing.

"It's been about four and a half months since the injury, which is a long time out, so it felt great to be playing again.

"It's not an injury you can rush back from and it might be that the physios think I need another 90 minutes with the 23's, but I'm glad to be back.

"I feel good. I feel fit. I just need to work on my match-fitness now."

"It's been very frustrating," he said, "I haven't been sidelined for this long as a pro.

"I've missed quite a lot of football during that time, and I'm the kind of player who just wants to play week in, week out, so it's been quite hard to not be involved.

"It's weird how many defensive injuries we've had this season, with me, Chief, Lynchy and Hally all out for spells.

"But we're all back now and that competition can only help us in the second half of the season."