Luke ready to help Burnett’s boys rise
11:30 19 December 2014
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Midfielder available for first time in a month
Luke Howell is excited to return for Dagenham & Redbridge at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, and wants to help move them up the table and away from the League Two relegation zone.
The 27-year-old has missed a whole month of action after his red card in the FA Cup first round replay at Conference Premier side Southport.
And he has been frustrated to be unavailable, but delighted his suspension is now over.
“It has been a long time, but I’ve got only myself to blame,” said Howell, who was speaking at King George Hospital, Goodmayes as part of Daggers annual Christmas visit.
“I got sent off in that Southport game and sometimes you miss three games and get it done in a week.
“But we had the next FA Cup weekend off and we have had all Saturday games.
“I am excited to get back out there now and try and move the team up the league table.”
Howell, who has made 118 appearances for Daggers, received his red card in his third game back following a hernia operation in October.
He admitted it was hard to watch his team-mates from the sidelines, adding: “It was really frustrating and because of my injury I was out for five weeks. I came back and played a couple of games, then unfortunately got sent off.
“But it gives you that extra itch to get back out there.
“You do miss it and you hate watching, it was hard to watch against Tranmere Rovers last Saturday because you can’t help.”
Howell admits this weekend’s match at Home Park is another important game, but feels a couple of victories over the Christmas period can move Wayne Burnett’s side into a position they deserve to be in.
“It is a big game and it is strange because they all seem to be big games at the moment,” added Howell.
“If we win against Plymouth it puts us in a good spot going through that Christmas period where there are a lot of games where you can pick up points.
“If we can do that we will be fine and I think our league position is a bit false anyway.
“We have lost quite a lot of points in games late on, which is disappointing. But our performances have been good, so if we stick at it we will be ok.
“My fitness is fine because I’ve been training and playing reserve games. Whenever the gaffer needs me I’ll be ready.”