‘Toughest time ever’, says Orient midfielder James

PUBLISHED: 10:00 05 December 2014

Leyton Orient midfielder Lloyd James. Pic: Simon O'Connor

Leyton Orient midfielder Lloyd James. Pic: Simon O'Connor

Simon O"Connor/TGSPHOTO c/o 27 Plaiters Way Braintree Essex

Welshman glad to be on the mend.

It may be a little while yet before Lloyd James is back on the football pitch, but the Welshman is just delighted to back around his Leyton Orient team-mates once again on the training ground following his injury hell.

James (above) broke his leg in the O’s League One match against Rochdale on September 27, having just returned from a pulled quad muscle.

And while the 26-year-old is glad to be on the road to recovery, he has never known a season like it for injuries.

“Before this season I don’t think I have ever missed training for more than a week so it’s certainly been a trying time,” said James.

“I pulled my quad and I had only been back two games when I broke the leg.

“It’s definitely the toughest time of my career and it has made me realise what you have got.

“I have learnt a lot about myself in that time frame. But it’s just nice to be back around the training ground and the rest of the team.”

James has been back in training for around a month now, having had the operation on October 7, though that has primarily consisted of work in the gym and swimming pool.

And though the former Colchester man has a date in mind for a return, he will just be happy when he is able to put those football boots back on again.

“I’m doing some work now for about a month,” he added.

“It’s been based around trying to build the leg muscle up again. It was eight weeks ago on Tuesday (December 2) I had the operation.

“I am pretty much on course as far as I’m aware. It definitely won’t be before the new year, but hopefully it is sooner rather than later.

“I do have my own personal target, but I would rather keep that to myself just in case it doesn’t happen.”

A lot has changed off the field since James’ leg break, with Mauro Milanese now in charge following owner Francesco Becchetti’s decision to end Kevin Nugent’s spell as interim manager.

And while James is currently watching on from afar, he believes the Italian is the right man to lead the O’s out of their current struggles, which sees them just outside the League One relegation places on goal difference.

He added: “I speak to Mauro a lot at the training ground and I am there when he has his team meetings, although I am obviously still not involved in matchday preparation.

“In terms of managers I don’t think I have dealt with anyone who goes into as much detail as he does.

“His preparation is very much in depth and he puts it across well.

“The plans he is putting in place show that it’s only going to be a matter of time before the results turn around. He’s played the game at the highest level as well and in time I feel we are more than capable of turning it around.”

There’s no doubt that James has been sorely missed in the O’s team and he will certainly be a welcome boost when he does return.

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