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Elphick targets early comeback

Posted: Wed 06 Feb 2013
Author: Kelly Somers

Tommy Elphick sends the ball forward under pressure.

Image by: Mick Cunningham

Tommy Elphick says he is keen to put the horror tackle of Saturday’s victory over MK Dons behind him.

Despite initial fears about the extent of his injury, a scan on Monday revealed that the 24-year-old had sustained just severe bruising to the tibia and femur, with the injury expected to keep him out of action for two to three weeks.
 
Having spent the last year of his career at Brighton sidelined with a ruptured achilles, Elphick was relieved with the news and is now focusing on getting back to fitness as soon as possible.
 
“I am obviously delighted, because it was a nasty tackle,” he told afcb.co.uk. “I really thought I had done something serious.
 
“It is the same leg I injured before, so when there is a threat of injury from a tackle you are a little bit more worried that you can sustain complex damage,  but thankfully I got away with it.
 
“I’m always optimistic and I’m a positive thinker so now I’ll be looking to get back a little bit quicker than expected.”
 
With Dons midfielder Ryan Lowe receiving a straight red card for the x-rated challenge, Elphick was inundated with messages of support from fans of both sides and his team mates in the aftermath of the event.
 
“I have received a lot of messages from the fans which is superb - I can’t thank them enough for the support they have shown me.
 
“The boys were fantastic too. We have got a great squad here and a good bunch of lads and they were all on the phone and quite concerned for me.
 
“I was getting a little bit of stick today because it’s not as bad as first thought but it’s all in good humour.”
 
Now Elphick is keen to forget the incident and concentrate on the Cherries' push for promotion.
 
“It is done, that was last Saturday, and we are looking to Portsmouth this Saturday now so all that’s in the back of my head.
 
“It’s time to move on and go again.”