CHRIS Shephard is targeting a return to the Terras’ squad when they host Chesham United tomorrow (7.45pm).

The former Exeter City youngster was forced to sit out of Weymouth’s 2-0 derby loss at Poole Town last time out, after picking up a niggling back concern.

Shephard admitted he was in “agony” throughout Weymouth’s 3-2 win over Kettering Town last month, in which he scored after just three minutes, but the problem was initially triggered following the 1-0 win over Cambridge City a game previously.

Explaining the injury, the Terras’ playmaker told Echosport: “It’s been slow progress because I have had a few issues with tightness in muscles in different areas, which is causing the pain in the back.

“Because I missed out on pre-season and I have been non-stop until now, with the heavy surfaces, my muscles just got tighter and tighter and it just so happened that it made my back go into spasm.

“It’s been a case of managing those areas to ease off my back.”

Giving an update on his recovery progress, he added: “I half-trained on Tuesday and three-quarter trained on Thursday. It was a little bit sore after then but nothing too bad.

“I wasn’t expected to be involved on Saturday (which was postponed at Hungerford).

“That was the plan, just so I had those extra couple of days to be involved this Tuesday.

“I just have to keep on top of things until then and, after that, it’s just a case of managing it.”

Commenting further on the initial pain, Shephard added: “Literally after the game (against Cambridge) I could barely walk, it was that painful.

“I was in agony for most of the game against Kettering really.

“If you score a goal in the first three minutes you are on a high, the adrenaline runs through you, you want to keep playing well and maybe get another goal.

“It got me through the game but just got a little bit too much towards the end.”

Dorset Echo

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