Bridge happy with progress
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wayne Bridge is happy with the progress he is making from injury.Chelsea full back Wayne Bridge is happy with the progress he is making from a double fracture in his ankle.
The former Southampton defender has been out of action since sustaining the blow in The Blues' FA Cup clash against Newcastle United five months ago.
Bridge had been told he would not return to training until September, but the 24-year-old is keen to feature in at least one pre-season game this summer.
£8 million capture Asier Del Horno could start the season in Bridge's absence, although the England international will be pressing his claims if he is fit for the new campaign.
"I don't feel too bad," explained Bridge to Chelsea TV. "The ankle is almost there although the last few stages are taking a bit longer then I would wish.
"I've made good progress and I have done a lot of good work over the summer. I can run and do most things well, it is just hopping and jumping off the bad leg.
"It should come on in the next month or so and I hope to be ready in time for the start of the season.
"I don't think I will be able to play in any of the pre-season games, but I have got to aim to try and get one of them under my belt.
"I was told I wouldn't train until September and not play until after that so I'm well ahead of schedule. I'm keeping my fingers crossed."