To your good health, Ryan
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Ryan Dickson will start his first match for more than two months against Swindon Town this afternoon.
Dickson has endured a difficult time in his quest to battle back from a mystery virus, but he has finally put all of those health problems behind him.
The ex-Southampton defender will replace Luke Garbutt at left-back against the Robins – Everton loanee Garbutt will serve a one-match suspension for accruing five bookings.
“It’s been a long while getting back, and it’s dragged on a little longer than I would have hoped,” admitted Dickson.
“But I’m really glad to be back.
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“Hopefully things are improving and I’m looking forward to this weekend.
“The problem was basically fatigue from the virus. I originally thought it would be just a few days, but that dragged to a couple of weeks and then went on and on.
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“That’s life and you have to move on.
“But I think the team have done really well to keep things going, with all the injuries. “They’ve kept the work-rate up and kept progressing,” added Dickson.
The former Plymouth and Brentford 26-year-old, recruited from Southampton over the summer, enjoyed an impressive start to the season in a settled back four, alongside Magnus Okuonghae, Tom Eastman and Brian Wilson.
He started seven of the first eight games, but only lasted 20 minutes of his last start, a 2-0 away defeat to Coventry City on September 8, due to the effects of the virus. That was a long 69 days ago.
However, he was introduced as a substitute for the start of the second half against Sheffield United last weekend, and will now be hoping to build on that 45 minutes with a full game today.
“Fingers crossed, I will be involved this weekend,” continued Dickson.
“I’ve accepted the illness, and come back by relaxing a little, rather than trying to fight it. As a footballer, you get mentally stronger to deal with injuries and illness, the more experience you get.
“A proper rest has helped me to get back.”