Sears targets Pompey clash

Town forward Freddie Sears has targeted a return to the first team squad over the festive period, with Town’s trip to Portsmouth on the 21st December his target.

Sears played for the first time since February as Town U23s were beaten 4-1 by Millwall in the Professional Development League South.

The forward featured for the opening 45 minutes of the game at The Den as he continued his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury sustained against Norwich last season.

Speaking after game to the club website, Sears said: “I’m obviously delighted to be back on the pitch again,”

“It’s been a long road back but I came through okay today and I feel really good. 

“I took a few tackles and blocks which you don’t really get in training but it was important to get through that physical side of it.

“It’s 23s and there is a big difference in the intensity compared to first-team football but it’s 45 minutes of game time and I’ve got to build up on that now.

“I’m naturally quite fit and I’ve done a lot of work fitness wise in getting to this point but I need time on the pitch now. 

“I think the plan is for me to play for the 23s again next week and then if that all goes fine, hopefully I can be available for the game at Portsmouth before Christmas.”

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