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Maidstone United captain Blair Turgott is back to boost survival bid after three months out

Blair Turgott is refusing to concede defeat in Maidstone's relegation fight after making his comeback from injury.

The Stones are 10 points from safety in the National League with 12 games left but captain Turgott won't give up.

He's back in business following three months out with damaged cartilage in his knee and feels there's enough time to survive.

Blair Turgott is back in business at Maidstone Picture: Andy Jones
Blair Turgott is back in business at Maidstone Picture: Andy Jones

Turgott, who scored 14 goals before his injury, said: "You have to dream and you have to have faith that people in our dressing room can help us.

"It’s us that’s going to get ourselves out of the situation we’re in so if you don’t believe it, no one else will.

"We’ve got to stay positive and keep working hard, keep doing that extra 1% and it will add up.

"If you get a couple of wins, who knows what happens?

"You can build some momentum going forward and there’s still a lot of games left.

"We’ve got 12 games so there’s still plenty of time and hopefully I can get up and running, the boys show the heart they’ve been showing recently and we can match that up with some results."

Turgott played the second half of Maidstone's FA Trophy defeat by Stockport on Tuesday night.

It's been a long road to recovery but all the hard work has paid off.

He said: "I’ve been working with someone, Dan Bernardin, a sports scientist who was with me at West Ham.

Maidstone captain Blair Turgott Picture: Sean Aidan
Maidstone captain Blair Turgott Picture: Sean Aidan

"He’s got his own little gym that I go to away from here but Smudge (Paul Smith) and Beth (Cooper, Stones physios) have done really well to get me back.

"I had to work really hard to get back and obviously push myself but the hard work is all worth it when you can get back out on the pitch.

"It’s something you take for granted until you’re not playing.

"I’m happy to be back on the pitch and hopefully I can ease my way back in and get back up and running.

"At first you’re always apprehensive coming back after injury but it’s just one of those things, you’ve got to be mentally strong, you’ve got to have faith.

"It’s an emotional thing for me because I don’t want to get injured again but at the same time I’m just happy to be back and now it’s onwards and upwards.

"I’ll ease my way back in with the minutes but hopefully in next couple of weeks I’ll be back flying.

"I’ve got to raise it even more now to come back and show I can hit the heights I was doing before the injury."

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