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6 December 2017

On loan Brighton goalkeeper returns to Latics after three months sidelined with injury.

  • Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper returns to Wigan Athletic following ankle injury.
  • Christian Walton back in training with Latics ahead of clash with Fleetwood Town.
  • 22-year-old stopper praises the performances of team mate Jamie Jones.

It’s been a tough start to life at Wigan Athletic for on loan Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Christian Walton, who, despite conceding just two goals in his first four matches, has faced the last three months sidelined through injury.

The 22-year-old suffered an ankle injury during training on transfer deadline day and admits it’s been a bump in the road for his progress, but Walton is determined to bounce back after a smooth recovery.

Speaking with iFollow ahead of Saturday's game against Fleetwood Town at the DW Stadium, Walton explained:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be back.  My recovery has gone well and now I’m fully fit and in contention for the squad.

“The injury happened in the open training session back on deadline day.  Everything happened really quickly in terms of dealing with my injury because I was booked in for an operation quickly and the medical staff really looked after me.

“I had to have a plate in my fibula and after that it was a slow four weeks before I could start my rehab properly.  I couldn’t do much at all during that time, it was very limiting, but after that four-week period I kicked on and I was back training within seven and a half weeks.”

Walton made his return to action back at Brighton, featuring in two matches for their Under 23s.  He added:

“Everything has gone smoothly and that successful process allowed me to play against Stoke City and Wolves for Brighton.  They were both good games for me to ease my way back in and get two competitive match experiences.

“I’m ready to go now and that’s why I’m back at the club.  I’ve been training well this week, so we’ll have to see what happens.”

In Walton’s absence, fellow summer signing Jamie Jones has stepped in as Latics’ number one, a job the young Brighton stopper believes his team mate has excelled in.

“Jamie has been absolutely brilliant.  We were flying when I got injured, so I’m glad it has been an easy transition for him to step into a good team.  He’s been excellent and it’s going to be a tough challenge to get back into the number one shirt.

“It’s been great to be back out training with the lads this week.  You miss being in the group environment and around your fellow goalkeepers when you’re injured, especially here at Wigan because we’ve got a great bunch of lads.”

Determined to play his part, Walton has high hopes for the rest of the season.

“My aim when I arrived here was to experience a promotion with the club, that’s been the aim for everyone since the start of the season.

“To get a promotion for me at a young age would be brilliant. It’s a big period for us coming up over Christmas and into the New Year, so we’re determined to pick up the wins we need.”

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