Daggers assistant manager: It is great to have Zav back
16:02 27 November 2014
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Zavon Hines took part in training today as he continues his comeback from injury
Dagenham & Redbridge received a huge boost today when it was confirmed Zavon Hines had returned to training with the first team.
The 25-year-old suffered anterior cruciate knee ligament damage in March and has been sidelined since following surgery.
The former West Ham star suffered a similar injury in 2009 but has slowly been working his way back to full fitness over the past eight months and assistant manager Warren Hackett was delighted to see him back.
He said: “It has been a long while, but it has been a great lift for the squad to have a character like Zav back in the fold.
“Obviously he has just started training and we will take it slow.
“We will give him time to settle back into the group and get back out onto the pitch, but it is a great lift.”
Hines has been running in straight lines recently but was involved in some light ball work in today’s training session at Victoria Road.
Hackett, who has also gone through the same injury, believes the Daggers attacker has shown great mental strength during his period on the treatment table.
He now hopes to see the former England under-21 international back playing for the first team soon.
“We just introduced him to some light ball work in training,” revealed Hackett.
“We got him involved in the 11 v 11 as a floater so just easing him in nice and slowly.
“I was unfortunate to have the same injury a few years back and you just need to take it each day as it comes.
“One of the biggest things from an injury like that is it is a real mental strain, but with his mind set he has come through it really well.
“It is a lonely road because everyone is going out to train and you are in the gym on your own, but all of a sudden he is back out with the group so that is a great lift for him as well as the group.
“Touch wood he comes back now and has no real setbacks or niggles along the way and can get back into the flow of things.
“All being well, I am sure he will be returning sooner rather than later.”