Tegana makes first team return

PUBLISHED: 09:17 27 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009

Tegana James

Tegana James

STRIKER Tegana James made his return to first team football on Saturday less than three months after a horrific injury left him fighting for his life. At the time of his injury, doctors had told Tegana he would not play again this season, but he has defie

STRIKER Tegana James made his return to first team football on Saturday less than three months after a horrific injury left him fighting for his life.

At the time of his injury, doctors had told Tegana he would not play again this season, but he has defied the odds and returned to action.

Speaking to the WHT Potters Bar Edition, the young forward said: "I wanted to prove them wrong.

"I wasn't going to have that, even if I just played one minute in the last game of the season."

Just before Christmas the teenager, who is on loan at Potters Bar from St Albans City, was knocked unconscious, his heart stopped three times after a collision with an opponent.

The 19-year-old, who attends the Oaklands College Academy, had to be resuscitated by club staff on the pitch before paramedics arrived at Parkfield.

Tegana, a former Stanborough School pupil, was playing for the Scholars against Uxbridge in the Middlesex Senior Cup tie at the time.

After two and a half months of rehabilitation, he is now back with the Scholars and came on as a substitute against Waltham Forest on Saturday.

"I had played for the reserves the week before and got a couple of goals," he said.

"It was good to play about 20 minutes and I found I felt a bit fitter than I thought I would be, although it wasn't a good team display and the result was bad."

Tegana thanked his clubs for the support they have shown him during his time away from the pitch.

"Both St Albans and Potters Bar have supported me when I was out, so I want to play games and get goals for them," he said.

"Although, if I'm honest, I'm not ready to start a game yet. I need to play a few times from the bench.

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