Mikusovic Nears Fitness

Marek Mikusovic, return to fitnessTelford Tigers import Marek Mikusovic could be nearing the end of his injury nightmare – but he knows he faces a fight to regain his place in the line-up.

The 26-year-old suffered an ankle sprain against Bracknell Bees in November, and has been on the sidelines ever since.

Mikusovic did, however, rejoin practice this week, as he starts the long journey back to match fitness. He said: “It has been a long time, but at last I was able to get back into light training over the last few days.

“My ankle is feeling a lot better, so it is now just a case of working on my fitness and being ready to play in games.

“There is still a bit of pain, but at least I am getting back onto the ice.”

The Slovakian forward bagged 19 points in just 17 games, before he suffered his injury. Since then, he has watched from the sidelines as the Tigers enjoyed a rich vein of form.

“As a hockey player, it is always difficult when you can’t play,” he said.

“There is nothing you can do, but it has been great watching the guys play so well over the last few weeks.”

Telford’s recruitment policy means the club now has five imports – one more than is allowed to play under league rules. And Mikusovic knows he has a long road ahead of him, before he can be included in coach Tom Watkins’ plans.

“I know I have to work hard whenever I’m on the ice,” he added.

“Every practice session has to be fully committed, but it is up to Tom when it comes to picking the side. All I can do is be at my best.”

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