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Ebbsfleet United striker Matt Godden assured by manager Jamie Day he has a role to play at Stonebridge Road

Matt Godden has scored eight goals for Ebbsfleet this season Picture: Andy Payton
Matt Godden has scored eight goals for Ebbsfleet this season Picture: Andy Payton

Striker Matt Godden is back in full training and he could return to the Ebbsfleet squad this weekend.

Godden hasn’t played a single minute of football in 2015, having been sidelined by tendonitis in his foot since December.

Fleet boss Jamie Day has signed two new centre-forwards – Danny Kedwell and Adam Cunnington – while Godden’s been out.

But as well as assuring his injured players they would get a chance to impress him, Day has told Godden he sees him being a key member of the squad going forward.

Godden said: "The gaffer assured me he liked me and I told him what I was all about. He knows about me from when I played against Welling as well.

"We had a chat and it was nice to know I was wanted. It takes a bit of pressure off because when a new manager comes in you’re a bit scared about what’s going to happen – and he did make 10 changes."

Godden’s last appearance was as a substitute in the 5-1 home defeat to Basingstoke on December 28. He was "squashed in a tackle" but played on to the end of the game, only later realising how serious the injury was.

He said: "I thought I’d broken a metatarsal. I had an injection in my foot and the guy who did it said I had to wear a boot for three weeks.

"It has only been six weeks (I’ve missed) but with all the games we’ve played in that time, it seemed longer."

Godden’s current contract runs until the end of next season.

He said: "It does make a difference but some of the players who have gone were on the same sort of contract as me.

"It’s been a frustrating season and we’ve underachieved as a team. I’ve not had the greatest season, personally, but when I have played, I’ve contributed goals.

"We had a meeting the other day and we’re fully aware of what we need to do to make the play-offs.

"It’s not going to be easy but we’re capable and we believe we can do it with the players we have. We just need to stick together."

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