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Earl On Return To Action

22 January 2018

Defender Josh Earl was happy to be back out on the pitch after over two months out with a knee injury.

The 19-year-old suffered the injury against Aston Villa on 1st November, and made his return to action as a second half substitute against Birmingham City on Saturday.

On his time on the sidelines, Earl told iFollow PNE: "It's been a frustrating couple of months with injury and trying to get back and having setbacks with my knee but it was a release to get back on the pitch and I really enjoyed playing half the game.

"I was told it would be a couple of weeks maximum when I first did it but the cartilage just kept on causing issues so I had to get the operation but I'm happy about that because now I know that I won't have any issues with it in the future hopefully."

On the injury itself, he continued: "I needed the operation because if I didn't have it, it would have just kept on chipping away and would have made it worse but it's all sorted now so I just want to get back to playing and getting more minutes under my belt.

"I've been training for a couple of weeks now and trying to get up to match fitness so I was really happy to be on the bench and then to get on the pitch and get 45 minutes was really good for me."

The young left back will be hoping to step up his return with more minutes in Saturday's FA Cup tie at Sheffield United, and after playing a pivotal part in the Youth Team's historical run in the FA Youth Cup last season, Earl is hoping the team can replicate the success at senior level.

"The FA Youth Cup was really fun last year with all the lads and hopefully we can repeat that with the first team this year.

"We beat Sheffield United in that competition, it was a good game and I've got some good memories from the FA Youth Cup."

Watch the full interview with Earl on iFollow PNE now by clicking on the video above.

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