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SWINDON TOWN: Troy is making waves
TROY Archibald-Henville has been making waves both on and off the pitch at Swindon Town, having spent the past three weeks learning to swim during his rehabilitation from a knee injury.
The summer signing from Exeter impressed during pre-season and looked to be right at the forefront of manager Paolo Di Canio’s thinking when he started both of the Robins’ opening two games of the campaign.
However, a strain in a muscle at the back of his knee has put paid to a superb start in Swindon red, and the former Tottenham trainee has had to make do with a watching brief as he bids for a return to first-team action in the not-so-distant future.
Part of his recovery has involved plenty of time in the pool - where the six-foot, two-inch centre-back is a little out of his comfort zone.
He told the Advertiser: “I’ve been resting to an extent but I’ve also been doing some strength work just to keep my legs fit and in good condition.
“I’ve also been doing some work in the pool. I can’t swim but I’m trying to improve that and I’m always getting a blow on so it’s good to keep up some good work like that.
“I’ve improved my swimming a little bit. I’ve still kept asking if I can do it because I want to learn to swim to be honest, but it’s a good way to keep fit.”
Archibald-Henville has been back in full training since the end of last week and could be involved when Town make the trip to Carlisle on Saturday.
The defender cannot wait to make his comeback, after admitting to his immense irritation at being kept on the sidelines of late.
“It’s been a bit frustrating really,” he said. “I played the first couple of games and then I got the injury and it’s been a bit frustrating. I just want to get back fit and get back in the team, especially after just joining.
“I’ve been back in full training since late last week and doing little bits with the ball before full training to make sure I could come back.
“(Taking part at Carlisle) depends how they (the management) see it, if they think I’m ready or not.
“Obviously that’s the staff’s decision but I’m trying to work hard.
“I’m feeling good.”