No hard feelings as Potter moves closer to Oxford United comeback

Bicester Advertiser: Alfie Potter's excellent start to the season included a stunning goal at Burton Albion Alfie Potter's excellent start to the season included a stunning goal at Burton Albion

ALFIE Potter says he no longer holds a grudge against the Bristol Rovers player who caused the worst injury of the Oxford United winger’s career.

The 25-year-old is running again and on course to make a playing return within the next month.

It is encouraging news for Potter, who has been ruled out since the start of November with ruptured ankle ligaments following a tackle by Tom Lockyer in the 1-0 defeat at the Kassam Stadium.

United’s visit to Rovers next month is likely to come too soon for Potter, but he says there is no bad blood with the defender, who was booked for the challenge.

“It was a late tackle, but he didn’t mean it,” Potter said.

“I think you do bear a grudge for a little while but I’m over it now. It happens.

“It won’t be a lasting thing if I ever play against him again.”

Potter needed surgery to repair the damage and the healing process has been painfully slow at times.

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The U’s star admits it had been worse than two seasons ago, when a broken ankle ruled him out for the second half of the campaign.

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He said: “With that one I knew my season was finished, so I just switched off.

“I could take my time getting it right because I had all the summer.

“But with this one it didn’t come at the best time and I want to come back as soon as possible, but at the same time I’ve had to make sure it’s right.

“The main thing is getting out on the grass.

“You spend so much time in the gym that it starts to affect you, but when you get out on the grass you know you’re nearly there.

“It’s been just under three months, so I’m sure three weeks will fly by.”

Since the injury, the berth on United’s right flank has been taken by Fulham loanee Ryan Williams.

Potter has been impressed with the 20-year-old and does not expect to just walk back into the starting line-up when fit.

He said: “Ryan’s a great outlet for the team when you’ve got someone that quick and you can give them the ball.

“He’s a pleasure to watch.

“All I can do is train as hard as I can, try to get back to how I was playing before and it’s up to the manager then.”

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11:38am Fri 24 Jan 14

train passenger says...

The way I see it, if this guy hadn't been injured Oxford would still top the league table now. He's the only player who consistently provides an offensive spark, making others around him better. Never mind all the talk about blaming the manager, people heavily underestimate the chance element of who is or is not injured. So come back ASAP Alfie!
The way I see it, if this guy hadn't been injured Oxford would still top the league table now. He's the only player who consistently provides an offensive spark, making others around him better. Never mind all the talk about blaming the manager, people heavily underestimate the chance element of who is or is not injured. So come back ASAP Alfie! train passenger
  • Score: 9

2:48pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

train passenger wrote:
The way I see it, if this guy hadn't been injured Oxford would still top the league table now. He's the only player who consistently provides an offensive spark, making others around him better. Never mind all the talk about blaming the manager, people heavily underestimate the chance element of who is or is not injured. So come back ASAP Alfie!
So you don't rate Williams then or the effort he has put in? For me Potter has been one Of those players who flatters only to deceive so often. But he does still have a lot of unrealised potential and hopefuluy will come back with a vengeance.i think we could still play Williams wide with Alfie in a sort of inside forwards position, he likes to run at defenders and would be well suited there and goals could come from them both.
[quote][p][bold]train passenger[/bold] wrote: The way I see it, if this guy hadn't been injured Oxford would still top the league table now. He's the only player who consistently provides an offensive spark, making others around him better. Never mind all the talk about blaming the manager, people heavily underestimate the chance element of who is or is not injured. So come back ASAP Alfie![/p][/quote]So you don't rate Williams then or the effort he has put in? For me Potter has been one Of those players who flatters only to deceive so often. But he does still have a lot of unrealised potential and hopefuluy will come back with a vengeance.i think we could still play Williams wide with Alfie in a sort of inside forwards position, he likes to run at defenders and would be well suited there and goals could come from them both. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 4

3:54pm Fri 24 Jan 14

train passenger says...

Richard Wickson wrote:
train passenger wrote:
The way I see it, if this guy hadn't been injured Oxford would still top the league table now. He's the only player who consistently provides an offensive spark, making others around him better. Never mind all the talk about blaming the manager, people heavily underestimate the chance element of who is or is not injured. So come back ASAP Alfie!
So you don't rate Williams then or the effort he has put in? For me Potter has been one Of those players who flatters only to deceive so often. But he does still have a lot of unrealised potential and hopefuluy will come back with a vengeance.i think we could still play Williams wide with Alfie in a sort of inside forwards position, he likes to run at defenders and would be well suited there and goals could come from them both.
Williams has played very well too but isn't quite as good at making others around him better yet. I agree they could play together in some systems.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]train passenger[/bold] wrote: The way I see it, if this guy hadn't been injured Oxford would still top the league table now. He's the only player who consistently provides an offensive spark, making others around him better. Never mind all the talk about blaming the manager, people heavily underestimate the chance element of who is or is not injured. So come back ASAP Alfie![/p][/quote]So you don't rate Williams then or the effort he has put in? For me Potter has been one Of those players who flatters only to deceive so often. But he does still have a lot of unrealised potential and hopefuluy will come back with a vengeance.i think we could still play Williams wide with Alfie in a sort of inside forwards position, he likes to run at defenders and would be well suited there and goals could come from them both.[/p][/quote]Williams has played very well too but isn't quite as good at making others around him better yet. I agree they could play together in some systems. train passenger
  • Score: 3

4:59pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Richard Wickson says...

train passenger wrote:
Richard Wickson wrote:
train passenger wrote:
The way I see it, if this guy hadn't been injured Oxford would still top the league table now. He's the only player who consistently provides an offensive spark, making others around him better. Never mind all the talk about blaming the manager, people heavily underestimate the chance element of who is or is not injured. So come back ASAP Alfie!
So you don't rate Williams then or the effort he has put in? For me Potter has been one Of those players who flatters only to deceive so often. But he does still have a lot of unrealised potential and hopefuluy will come back with a vengeance.i think we could still play Williams wide with Alfie in a sort of inside forwards position, he likes to run at defenders and would be well suited there and goals could come from them both.
Williams has played very well too but isn't quite as good at making others around him better yet. I agree they could play together in some systems.
Point taken, I agree he can lift other players. Williams is improving game by game though and it's just a shame he won't be with us past the end of the season.
[quote][p][bold]train passenger[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Richard Wickson[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]train passenger[/bold] wrote: The way I see it, if this guy hadn't been injured Oxford would still top the league table now. He's the only player who consistently provides an offensive spark, making others around him better. Never mind all the talk about blaming the manager, people heavily underestimate the chance element of who is or is not injured. So come back ASAP Alfie![/p][/quote]So you don't rate Williams then or the effort he has put in? For me Potter has been one Of those players who flatters only to deceive so often. But he does still have a lot of unrealised potential and hopefuluy will come back with a vengeance.i think we could still play Williams wide with Alfie in a sort of inside forwards position, he likes to run at defenders and would be well suited there and goals could come from them both.[/p][/quote]Williams has played very well too but isn't quite as good at making others around him better yet. I agree they could play together in some systems.[/p][/quote]Point taken, I agree he can lift other players. Williams is improving game by game though and it's just a shame he won't be with us past the end of the season. Richard Wickson
  • Score: 0

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