Hartlepool United captain desperate to make speedy recovery as he targets return from injury

Billy Paynter in action for Hartlepool United
Billy Paynter in action for Hartlepool United

Billy Paynter has revealed he is desperate to make a speedy return from injury - with the club's medical staff having to keep the reins on him.

The Hartlepool United captain has been out injured since the start of November when he was forced off with an Achilles problem in the FA Cup first round win over Cheltenham Town.

Scans revealed a tear in the Achilles ruling him out until at least the end of February.

His absence has been a major blow for Pools and boss Ronnie Moore, with the League Two side struggling in front of goal without their top scorer.

Paynter has revealed he is desperate to get back playing for struggling Pools and help them climb the league, with the 31-year-old hoping his recovery continues to go smoothly.

"I'm desperate to be out there with the lads and trying to help out," Paynter told the club's website.

"I just want to be back on the training pitch and doing my bit in games but it's obviously important I don’t rush back too soon.

"Buster (club physio Ian Gallagher) is holding the reins on me at the moment.

"I keep telling him that I have a particular game in mind for a comeback and he keeps telling me it’s too early!

"But the way I see it is that you have to keep you mind positive and then your body will react to that so that’s what I will keep doing.

"To be honest, I was telling people before the FA Cup draw for Round Three that if we got through and drew Everton I would have been out there playing in my moon boot – there’d have been nobody stopping me!"

Pools have been without a game over the festive period with the Boxing Day match at home to Notts County falling victim of the weather, while Bank Holiday Monday's trip to Carlisle United was also postponed due to flooding.

Paynter hopes the enforced break will be a benefit to Pools ahead of the trip to Newport County on Saturday.

"It's usually said that it’s busy over Christmas but obviously that’s not been the case.

"However, I'm pretty sure that that the little gap in fixtures will be beneficial to the lads – let's hope they don’t have too much Christmas Dinner or anything and we can come out flying in 2016!"