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George Getting Closer


11:30 18th March 2013

Elokobi nearing a return

George Elokobi revealed this weekend that he is on course for an ahead of schedule return from injury, and is hopeful of extending his Molineux stay.

The Cameroonian left-back suffered a broken fibia and dislocated ankle whilst on loan at Bristol City earlier on in the season, and has been on the long road to recovery ever since.

In Saturday's matchday programme, the popular defender admitted that, while careful not to take any risks with what is the second serious injury setback of his career, his rehabilitation is right on track.

"It's going well so far," he said ahead of the visit of the club he joined on an emergency loan in September, only to see his planned 93-day stay cut to just 42 minutes due to the horrific injury blow suffered against Leeds United at Ashton Gate.

"It has been a long road but to get out running on grass again shows how well I am doing. I have not been breaking any tapes yet though - just getting on with it and not taking any risks.
"I am ahead of schedule but am going as my body tells me to, along with the work of the medical team. If I get back before the end of the season that would be a big bonus, but it would also be ahead of the timescales."

Elokobi was keen to praise the work of Wolves' medical staff in his recovery thus far, and said his optimism and positivity are also key factors in ensuring he returns to full fitness.

"Wolves have got a great team here on the medical side and I've had support from the other injured players, such as Wayne Hennessey and Razak Boukari," he explained.

"I am going by the advice of the medical team - there is no point trying to be a hero because it was a serious injury.

"But when you are trying to get back, it's important to be positive. When it happened, I told myself that I had been in a worse position than this before, and I think being positive always helps with your mindset and your healing."

Elokobi watched from the stands as goals from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Kevin Doyle helped Wolves turn the game on its head on Saturday, before spending time talking to the visiting players he had lined up alongside during his all-too-brief stay at Ashton Gate.

While both teams remain in the three bottom three, the victory has hauled Dean Saunders' side to within a point of safety with eight games of the season still to play.

Elokobi - whose existing contract expires this summer - is hopeful that both he and club have something to celebrate at the end of the campaign.

"I have spoken to the manager about it, but I have got to get myself fit and then we will see," he said of his contract situation.

"It is up to the club to decide really - if they don't want to stay it will be time to move on, but I have been here for five years and would love to help them back to the Premier League if we can survive this season.

"I think I can do a job in the Championship and I have also played in the Premier League, so if the club want to keep me I will be delighted to stay."

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