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Flahavan set for Totton return

Posted: Tue 05 Mar 2013
Author: Kelly Somers

Goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan joined the Cherries from Portsmouth in the summer 2012.

Image by: Mick Cunningham

Six months since his injury nightmare, goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan is set to make his return to action in tonight’s FA Hampshire Cup semi-final against AFC Totton.

Despite starting the season as the expected number one keeper, Flahavan sustained a shoulder injury in the pre-season friendly against Bristol City last August.

With the damage worse than first feared, the stopper has endured a prolonged spell in the treatment room and as a result tonight’s development squad match will be his first game in almost seven months.

“It’s been frustrating, gearing up to start the season and then picking up a bad injury,” he told afcb.co.uk. “These things happen though and you have to keep your head up and just concentrate on getting the right rehab in.

“A lot of the credit goes to Steve Hard and Dave Gardner that they’ve got me back before the end of the season and given me the chance to get myself fit, and put myself in front of the manager.

“I have just been giving myself small targets – it seems like ages but they have distracted me from the football which has helped, but now it is great to know now that I will finally get back out on the pitch tonight.”

There has been a host of changes to the club since the 34-year-old has been side-lined, and he has gone from being one of two fighting for the number one shirt, to one of five.

“It’s been a strange series of events really from playing regularly, with just myself and Jalal last year, and now I’ve come back and there’s five goalkeepers here.

“But it’s great competition, and coming back and training with them all has been great too, as they are all of a high standard which will help me along and get me sharper a lot quicker.

“You can see the change in the club as a whole – coming from two keepers to having five – it’s incredible the strides the club is making.”

And the club is something Flahavan still wants to massively be a part of – though he isn’t looking too far into the future just yet.

“The next step now for me is nothing too drastic - I just want to get myself fit and sharp to a level where I feel as though I’d be comfortable to play first team football,” he added.

“Ultimately, my contract is up in the summer so I want to put myself out as much as I can and try and earn a new deal.  

“It is a massive bonus for me to come back earlier than I assumed, so it’s given me a half a chance and I’m going to try and take that with both hands, starting with the game against AFC Totton.”

A Cherries eleven made up of mainly development squad players, with the possible inclusion of first team trio Flahavan, Charlie Sheringham and Joe Partington, face AFC Totton in tonight’s FA Hampshire Cup semi-final.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm at the Testwood Stadium, Totton. 
 
Ticket prices:
Adults - £9.00
Concessions and students with ID proof - £5.00
Under 16s - £3.00
Adult and child - £10.00