Luke Prosser on his return from injury, competition for places, and the friendly against Ipswich Town
Luke Prosser hopes he can pick up where he left off when he returns to first-team action, and help Southend United get back to winning ways.
Prosser has been frustrated by a couple of injuries in the last month or so, meaning he hasn’t played since the 1-1 draw with Dagenham & Redbridge in January.
But he came through 60 minutes against Ipswich Town in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday afternoon, and would love to be back involved against Bristol Rovers on Friday.
He said: “It was really good to be back involved on Saturday, even though I didn’t play, and then to get 60 minutes against Ipswich was really good.
“I was feeling a little bit tired but that’s going to be the case after a few weeks out. It was a good test for everyone and nice to get the win.
“They were a very experienced side and I was up against Ebanks-Blake, so it was a good test for me and I’m glad I came through it.
“These behind-closed-doors games have been crucial throughout the season for the lads, and I was really pleased to play in the game and get the minutes under my belt.
“It’s been a really frustrating time for me personally, and it’s never nice having to watch from the sidelines and not be able to do anything.
“But hopefully I can come back in, pick up the level I was playing at before the injury quite quickly and help the team push on for the final nine games.”
After a clean sheet against Bury on Saturday, and impressive performances from Jakub Sokolik and John Egan, Prosser is pleased to see good competition.
With just one central defender available for the trip to Northampton Town, Phil Brown will have four to choose from on Friday night.
Prosser said: “We’ve gone from having one fit defender to four and Adam Thompson is also getting closer to coming back.
“On Saturday we weren’t at our best going forward, but defensively we looked really solid and never looked like conceding.
“It was Jakub’s first game and he came through it really well, while John has looked excellent since he came in.
“He’s also put us under a bit of pressure in terms of goal scoring. I couldn’t believe it when I watched his goal the next day.
“The main thing is the manager has got options again, and it’d be great if I could be back involved against Bristol Rovers.”