Mickey Demetriou has been speaking to the media ahead of the weekend’s fixture with Bradford City at Rodney Parade.
The defender has had his season interrupted through injury, missing several games throughout the 2019/20 campaign.
Demetriou did provide a positive update on his fitness, “Touch wood, I’m over it at the moment. The ankle and the leg are feeling good. I think it was 18 games I missed so, for me, I’ve still got half a season left.
“We’ve had a lot of games, but I feel like my fitness is fine and hopefully I can carry on for the next 16 games and try and help the boys finish as strong as we can.”
County’s next game sees them face Play-Off chasing Bradford City, with Demetriou believing a win would drag County back into contention for a top six place, “If we can get three points off Bradford, it brings us closer to them and closes the gap.
“We’re 12 points off Colchester in seventh and we’ve got three games in hand. If we go on a little run now and claw a few teams back towards us, the games in hand will come in handy.
“That odd game that comes in when no one else is playing can creep us back closer to the Play-Offs and where we want to be.”
The Exiles’ will want a reaction following Wednesday’s cup exit, with defender Demetriou stating his desire to move on quickly from the result, “It’s obviously disappointing but we have to forget about that now, as hard as it’s going to be.
“We have 16 league games to try and get there (Wembley) again. We did it last year, we started a run of, I think, 12 league games in March. We’ve got a few games before that so we can try and start it this weekend against Bradford.
“They’re a side that are aiming to do the same thing, get in to the Play-Offs, so it’s going to be a good game. It’ll be a tough one, we have to be ready for it.
“Now it’s back to the league, back to the bread and butter of football.”