Injured Portsmouth midfielder Wes Fogden has set an end of season target for his return to the first team.

The 26-year-old has been out of action since July after he twisted his knee and damaged his anterior cruciate ligament during pre-season training. The popular midfielder has made 19 appearances and scored two goals since arriving on an 18 month contract from AFC Bournemouth in January 2014.

Fogden is stepping up his recovery after playing for 30 minutes in the Portsmouth Reserves last week. Fogden told BBC Radio Solent:

I’ve played 30 minutes and there’s another reserve game coming up which I’m looking to play some more minutes in and we’ll go from there. We’ve got some good players. I like to give everything on the pitch so not to be able to do that has been a real low for me and I’m just eager to get back out there.”

Manager Andy Awford is also keen for the energetic midfielder to return to the senior team and told the Portsmouth News in July:

“Wes being Wes, you know he will give everything to come back from this. He puts effort into everything he does. There is no timescale. He will be back involved as soon as he is able to be. I hope he’ll be back this season, again we don’t know.”

Fogden’s recovery is certain to be good news to League Two Portsmouth as they continue to pull away from the relegation zone.

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