Ugarte eyes swift return
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Crewe striker Juan Ugarte is hoping to play again this season.Crewe striker Juan Ugarte is hoping to play again despite a recurrence of his knee injury.
The 25-year-old, who has had to cut short his loan spell at his former club Wrexham, has struggled for form and fitness all season.
After failing to break into the Crewe first team, the Spaniard was sent back to The Racecourse Ground to experience regular football.
He pulled up in The Dragons' 2-0 victory over Wycombe on Saturday and now has to wear a knee brace for three weeks, but is determined to return to action as soon as possible.
"The doctor told me if I have the brace on, it will all heal tight and I shouldn't have a problem with the ligament again," he explained.
"There's nothing you can do about it. I had a good season last year and this has been a bad season but that's football.
"I can't change it. I'll have the brace on for three weeks and then we'll see. I hope to play again before the end of the season but I don`t want to set a date for it."
Ugarte may draw inspiration from Crewe goalkeeper Ben Williams' story, with the 23-year-old set to return to training within the next month following his recent meningitis scare.
Manager Dario Gradi had expected to be without Williams for the rest of the season, but is happy to see the keeper on the mend after a scan revealed that he had not suffered any brain damage.
"Ben is fine, it looks like he's crystal clear. He had a scan which showed he was clear of blood clots," Gradi explained.
"He has surprised people with the way he has recovered in the past week or so.
"He could be back in training in weeks rather than months, and while I don't think he'll play again this season, after looking at him this week I wouldn't rule it out.
"Ben has lost weight and his trousers are hanging off him, so we will need to give him his own fitness regime to build up his strength again."