Tegana returns with a bang

PUBLISHED: 16:48 19 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:27 26 October 2009

Tegana James

Tegana James

TEENAGE Potters Bar footballer Tegana James is back playing football less than three months after a horrific injury left him fighting for his life. In December the striker, who is on loan from St Albans City, was knocked unconscious and his heart stopped

TEENAGE Potters Bar footballer Tegana James is back playing football less than three months after a horrific injury left him fighting for his life.

In December the striker, who is on loan from St Albans City, was knocked unconscious and 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-half months of rehabilitation Tegana has returned to training with the Ryman League Division One North club and played in a reserve game on Monday night, scoring two goals.

Town manager Steve Browne said: "I'm pleased to have him back training with us.

"He's a good lad. I was a bit sceptical in having him back so quickly but he has had the all-clear."

On Monday night the teenager played his part in a Potters Bar Town Reserve victory as they won 5-1 at Bedfont and he found the net twice.

Despite his scoring return to the fore, the youngster will not be rushed back or have any pressure heaped upon him by the club.

Browne said: "We need to watch TJ in reserve games rather than thrust him into the first team.

"I think it would be unfair on us and unfair on him to go straight back in.

"He needs to start maybe have a half a game to see how he gets on with that.

"There's no way we are going to pressure him.

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