WRIGHT | Back in training and keen to look forward

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Wed 31 Jul 2019

Akil Wright is back in training after being struck down by a virus and the midfielder is determined to put himself in the frame for the opening week of the season.

Wright featured heavily in the first part of pre-season but missed the last two games due to an illness, which also saw him hospitalised.

But he returned to training on Wednesday and hopes to round off what had otherwise been a successful pre-season.

“I’m feeling good now,” he said. “I’m getting better. I’ve missed it. It’s been quite a stressful week obviously being off and missing training and the two games I’ve missed.

“It’s good to be back and to get back on it, to get back in training and then to look forward to the first game of the season.

“I was enjoying myself. I had a good run of games. I got a lot of minutes under my belt so it was all going well.

“It was quite random how it came about, but it’s happened now. All you can do is look forward and now I’m looking forward to getting back on it in training.”

Reflecting on the summer, which saw him score a bullet header in the pre-season friendly at Cefn Druids, Wright says the work the squad has put in has built confidence.

“I think the summer’s gone well,” he said. “There have been some tough games and the Portugal trip as well. It’s been enjoyable.

“The lads have got fitness back into their legs. We’re all looking forward to it, and hopefully this will be a good season.

“It’s good to have a plan A, B and even plan C. We’ve tried a few different formations and the lads have drilled into them all well.”

On his own role, the midfielder admitted he is happy to play either in front of the defence or further forward, having rotated between both central midfield roles last season.

“I’d probably say the defensive midfielder suits me best in terms of breaking up play and giving the simple balls to the better players,” he joked.

“But then the attacking role, I like to get in the box and I know I’m hard to pick up and could notch in a few goals. I don’t mind if I’m playing in an attacking or a defensive role.”

Wrexham’s Vanarama National League season starts with a home game against Barrow, and Wright admits the players are hungry to avenge last season’s home defeat to the Cumbrian team.

And he is anticipating a tough first week, with two long away trips following the curtain raiser at the Racecourse.

“Especially the two away games, it’ll be tough going down south with some physical battles,” Wright said.

“With Barrow, we owe them one after they beat us last season. We don’t want that to happen again, so we want to get revenge and start next season as we mean to go on.

“They are all going to be tough games, but three points is the main thing.”

Wrexham’s first game of the new season, against Barrow, is on Saturday August 3 and kicks off at 3pm. See our match-day guide for more details.

As well as Wright’s return to training, manager Bryan Hughes confirmed he is otherwise close to a fully-fit squad for the opening game.

Paul Rutherford and Adam Barton were also rested for the final pre-season friendly, against Crewe, but both are back in full training this week.

It means only long-term absentee Manny Smith and goalkeeper Rob Lainton – who Hughes said is likely to miss the first few weeks – are on the injury list for the opening game.

“Other than the ones we’ve mentioned, we’ve got a fully-fit squad,” Hughes confirmed.

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