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VIDEO: Kamdjo's next step forward

By Ian Appleyard | 13th February 2018

Clovis Kamdjo is set to take another step on the road to a possible first team return when City's reserves host Hartlepool United on Tuesday afternoon in Central League North (kick-off 1pm).

The Cameroon-born utility player, 27, snapped cruciate knee ligaments 15 months ago in a National League game against Eastleigh but returned to action against Boro Rangers in the North Riding County Cup two weeks ago.

He is now back in full-time training with the first team and hoping to help City win promotion from Vanarama National League North.

"I know what I am capable of when I am fully fit," Kamdjo said. "For now, I just want to make sure that I am right, my knee is fine, I am back fit, and then take it from there really.

"It's been such a long road," he said. "I just want to be able to play again and be happy again among the players. I am always there watching the games and supporting the players and, hopefully, my time will come again.

"It's been hard, physically and mentally, but I am glad I have gone through that now and I am ready to start playing games," he added. "I will probably play 60 minutes (against Hartlepool) because I played 45 minutes last time."

Reflecting on his recovery programme, Kamdjo said: "The knee is fine now. All I keep doing is strengthening the whole leg and muscle, in and around the knee. The actual ligament has healed. I have got no problem with the knee now. I just need to get my match fitness back.

"When you get injured, sometimes, at other clubs, you just get forgotten about," he said. "But that has not been the case with me.

"During the first few months I went to St George's to see the head physio Steve Kemp. A couple of weeks after that I went to Jack Berry House - where the (injured) jockeys go - to do some running in the hydro-pool. These are expensive places to go and the club has been good to me.

"I have also been working hard with 'Buster' (City physio Ian Gallagher). He had dealt with injuries like this before and he has played the game as well so he understands me a bit more and knows how it feel when you are injured and not in the team.

"He's a good physio and advises me. During the Christmas period, he came up with the idea that I should I go home to see my family and that also did me the world of good." 

Watch the full interview with Clovis Kamdjo and footage from training by clicking the link below:

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