Powell ready for comeback
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Darren Powell has spoken of his relief after returning to full fitness following injury.
Southampton defender Darren Powell has spoken of his relief after returning to full fitness following injury.
The 30-year-old has been out of action for the last seven months as a combination of knee, calf and hamstring problems have kept him on the sidelines.
Powell will play a part in a friendly against West Ham on Tuesday and is raring to get back and push for a place in George Burley's Championship line-up.
"It has been the worst injury of my career," Powell told the club's official website. "Previously the longest I'd been out was around six weeks, nothing like this.
"It has been very frustrating because once I recovered from the knee problem I got a calf strain and then a hamstring, which was really annoying."
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski has been handed a new four-year deal at St Mary's.
The 19-year-old has been out since February after damaging knee ligaments but showed enough to earn a contract extension through to 2010.
Bialkowski will also feature against The Hammers as he pushes to win his starting place back from Kelvin Davis.
"I hope I will be back with the first team soon, if not in the side then on the bench because Kelvin is doing well and is a good keeper," he added.
"But I am young and have time. I have signed a four-year deal which I am very happy about. It was an easy decision because I am very happy here."