Marvin Elliott ready for pre-season training with Bristol City
Bristol City star Marvin Elliott will report for pre-season training along with the rest of his team-mates after making a full recovery from serious injury.
The 27-year-old midfielder suffered a heartbreaking end to the 2011/12 campaign when snapping his Achilles tendon in February in a freak training ground incident.
Since then, the Londoner has been working hard to ensure he is ready to take part in City's pre-season programme.
The players will undergo a series of fitness tests today and tomorrow before reconvening for the first training session at Failand on Wednesday – and Elliott will join them.
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Robins manager Derek McInnes said: "Marvin has made real progress over the past three weeks and we are delighted that he will be able to join in with pre-season as we targeted.
"Clearly, we will have to go careful and not push anything too soon, but all the signs are that Marvin's recovery is on schedule.
"I've been in constant contact with the medical team, including (new head physio) Michael McBride, who has now started with us, and they are happy with him."
Elliott has been sidelined for four months in all.
McInnes added: "It was a significant injury and a terrible one for him at the time. Marvin is not the kind of player who enjoys spending time in rehabilitation and gym while his team-mates are out there on the pitch.
"But he's put in the hard yards throughout close season to ensure he's right and that seems to have paid off. He's been doing his running with no pain or setbacks and we're delighted for Marvin."
Elliott confirmed: "I've been working hard all summer to ensure I'm back and ready for pre-season.
"It was killing me at the end of last season watching the lads fight for survival and not being able to help.
"Everything feels great now – I've had no reaction throughout my rehabilitation and I feel I've really turned the corner now.
"I can't wait to get going again and it's great to be at the end of a really difficult time."