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Cheltenham Town: Jordan Cranston returns from injury ‘stronger than ever’

Cheltenham Town defender Jordan Cranston has claimed he feels “stronger than ever” after making his comeback from a long-term injury.

The left-back had originally been ruled out for the rest of season after suffering a torn hamstring in the Robins’ 2-2 draw with Luton Town in November.

However, the 24-year-old stepped up his recovery after playing 45 minutes for Cheltenham in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Bristol City last month.

Cranston made a welcome return to first team action as an 85th minute substitute in their emphatic 3-0 win at Swindon Town last week, and he’s admitted he is delighted to return after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

“I’m feeling positive about everything,” said Cranston.

“I played a game on Tuesday before that against Bristol City, but even getting five minutes has been a whirlwind experience obvious getting injured and being out for so long.

“It was a great game to be involved in, and I did feel a bit nervous about coming on. I’ve been taking my things slowly on the build up towards the game. I’m just happy I’ve come back stronger and fitter than ever and I’m just glad to be back involved.”

“I just had a main target and just being focused getting my hamstring right and getting fit and my body ready for a match situation again.”

The victory at the Country Ground was the Robins’ first win in five games, with Cheltenham moving to within eight points of the top half of League Two with nine games remaining.

Cranston believes that the results has given the squad a massive lift after a difficult spell, and is hopeful the Robins can build some momentum ahead of next season.

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“There’s been a massive buzz,’ he added.

“I wasn’t involved in the two game previously but obviously in the stands I’ve seen how the lads have been playing and obviously there’s been a big buzz.

“Obviously we didn’t get the results in the other two games but obviously the result against Swindon is a massive turning point for where we want to be at the end of the season and hopefully we can continue it onto next season as well.”

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