DARIUS Charles played 90 minutes for Burton Albion reserves yesterday in a 1-0 defeat against Walsall at Mickleover Sports FC.It was his first 90 minutes since February 2015 after he suffered a broken leg playing for his previous club Stevenage.
He looked be edging closer to full fitness but in Nigel Clough’s first training session Darius pulled his hamstring which has kept him out for further weeks.
Darius Charles said: “It felt really good to get through my first 90 minutes, it’s been a long time so I’m pleased to get through it.
“Physically and mentally to get through 90 minutes like that and feel no problems what so ever is really pleasing and really reassuring.”
So how are the legs after 90 minutes?
“They are stiff and sore which is to be expected but as long as they are the only issues I have, I’ll be happy,” said Darius.
He added: “I have been training for a while now and feeling stronger and stronger as the days go by.
“I built myself up to play 90 minutes and I got through that so I feel like I’m working where I want to be.”
The utility man has been involved in the last few match day squads and featured on the bench but he is yet to pull on a Brewers shirt for the first team.
“You train throughout the week and you want to be involved in a match day squad so I’m buzzing to be back involved and around the boys,” said Darius Charles.
He added: “It takes time because the boys have been doing brilliantly so as long as I can play a part I’m happy.
“There are only 10 games left so there might be a few tired legs are we’re only a small squad I may be called upon so it’s just making sure I’m right now so when the gaffer does need me, I’ll be ready.”