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Slatter ready for knees-up

PUBLISHED: 16:57 11 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:06 23 August 2010

EBBSFLEET midfielder Danny Slatter is poised for a return to action after being sidelined with a serious knee injury for almost a year, writes Fintan Quinn. Slatter, 29, was an ever-present in the Fleet squad before suffering cruciate ligament damage aga

EBBSFLEET midfielder Danny Slatter is poised for a return to action after being sidelined with a serious knee injury for almost a year, writes Fintan Quinn.

Slatter, 29, was an ever-present in the Fleet squad before suffering cruciate ligament damage against Kidderminster on September 15 last year.

The former Wales youth international, who followed Liam Daish to Stonebridge Road from Welling three summers ago, now hopes to repay the manager's faith in him by proving he is still a quality player.

"I have been training for around a month now and I know the knee is feeling good," Slatter said. "There was a game put on against Dagenham and Redbridge and, to be honest, I wasn't worried about the getting injured at all because I know it's strong.

"I spoke to the gaffer and we both agree that I need to get some games and it is just a case of finding those now. I just want to get back and prove that I am still the player I was and challenge for a spot in the first team."

Fleet boss Daish admitted he was delighted with Slatter's progress and the further options his return will provide him with in midfield.

"His return gives me strength in a few positions so that's probably why I'm not so worried about going in for a loan signing," Daish said.

"Danny's fully fit - there's no problem with him. All he needs now is matches, which I'm trying to get for him.

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