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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 April, 2003, 15:17 GMT 16:17 UK
Navarro close to return
Tranmere Rovers boss Ray Mathias says Alan Navarro will return before the term ends.

It was feared the 21-year-old would be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign after snapping a cruciate liagment during the 2-1 win over Huddersfield in August.

But the defender has worked hard to recover his fitness and Mathias says he is now close to a comeback with Tranmere reserves.
At one time you would never play again with an injury like that
Ray Mathias

"He's buzzing at the moment - he can't believe he is back in training," Mathias told the club's website.

"He's got a new lease of life, it's like having a new player.

"Unfortunately he won't be ready for the first team this season, but it's given the squad a lift having him back in training with us."

Navarro impressed in the first five games of the season and had started to form a useful defensive partnership with Mickey Mellon.

Mathias continued: "At one time you would never play again with an injury like that.

"The quick recovery has been full credit to Alan, who has worked tremendously hard throughtout - it's good to see him getting the rewards."

Navarro moved to Prenton Park in January 2002 after a successful loan stint from Crewe.

He started his career with Liverpool, signing his first professional deal in August 2000.


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