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Wotton nears return to first-team action after back operation

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 08, 2012

Plymouth Argyle's Paul Wotton (left) is battling back to fitness

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Experienced midfielder Paul Wotton is closing in on a return to action for Plymouth Argyle in the near future.

The 35-year-old has not played for the Pilgrims since mid-September because of a back operation but is now feeling much better.

Wotton said: "I'm progressing well, but slowly. I'm desperate to get back and play but it has got to be right.

"Recovering from any injury could always be quicker but, at the end of the day, it is what it is.

"I'm on the right track."

Wotton started the first six League Two games of the season for Argyle before he was sidelined and, ultimately, needed surgery.

He said: "It wasn't a back injury as such.

"I had a disc bulging on a nerve and I was getting pain down my leg, which was excruciating.

"I played three games with it and it was tough. People keep saying to me, 'How's your back?' but it's fine. It was a nerve problem.

"It had to be sorted and I'm really pleased with how I'm feeling and how it's going.

"I have got a target date in mind of when I hope to be back playing but I will keep that to myself."

Wotton, who has made a total of 463 appearances in two spells at his hometown club, has found it hard having to watch from the sidelines.

He said: "I hate it, but it has got easier as I have got older because you are mature enough to know you are not fit.

"When you are younger, you question whether you should have played."

Argyle are in 20th position in League Two, one point above the relegation zone, going into their game against 14th-placed York City at Home Park today (3pm).

The Pilgrims have picked up only one point out of a possible 21 since they won 3-1 at home to Rochdale on October 20.

They have also crashed out of the FA Cup and the Johnstone's Paint Trophy during that period of time.

Wotton said: "I hate saying this but I do think we have been unlucky in games.

"I haven't been around the lads on the training ground a lot but in the changing room the spirit is still high.

"You have got to keep working and keep believing in what you are doing and eventually it will turn for you."

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