Bond wanting to keep on running

IT takes some persuading to stop Colchester United’s Andy Bond from running.

The 24-year-old Mancunian was endearingly nicknamed ‘Forrest Gump’ by manager John Ward earlier this season – his relentless running on the pitch compared to the epic jog across the United States undertaken by Tom Hanks’ iconic 90s film character.

However, now the U’s boss has had to firmly insist that his midfield man stand still for a moment in order to have him firing on all cylinders for an up-and-coming Christmas schedule that comprises of four games in nine days.

Bond – who has proved to be one of the signings of the season in League One following his seamless step up from non-league club Barrow – has been playing through the discomfort of a double groin hernia for the last month you see.

And while he was desparate to keep on playing, Ward put his foot down and forced him to get the minor surgery the injury required last week.

“I’d been playing with it for a few weeks and I was going to play on longer,” said Bond.

“But with the busy Christmas period coming up the gaffer was insistent that I got it done last week.

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“I had the surgery done last Tuesday and was back running by the Thursday.”

Colchester host struggling Yeovil today and when asked whether he was definitely ruled out of the match, Bond said: “I don’t want to say no, I’d say I was touch-and-go, but I don’t think there’s any way the manager will be considering me.

“I really hate missing games so it was a massive bonus for me that last Saturday’s match at Brighton was called off. I was really looking forward to that match with them top-of-the-table so I’m glad I might get to play in that in the New Year now.”

Bond – who has played 20 of Colchester’s 25 matches in all competitions so far this season – had his surgery on the same day that Marc Tierney underwent a similar operation on his right groin hernia.

The pair are both likely to miss today’s game but should be available again for the trip to Bristol Rovers next weekend.

– For full match preview of Colchester United v Yeovil, see today’s EADT. For live match updates, follow Stuart_Watson at

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