Messer still hopeful of playing again
LOUIS MESSER still remains hopeful he will be able to feature in Albion's final few games of the season. Summer signing Messer made just two appearances for Albion before rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
He had surgery at the start of November and he is making good progress.
"It was six weeks on Tuesday that I had the operation," he said. "And I am ahead of schedule at the moment.
"But it all depends on how far I can be pushed. I will keep talking to the medical team and Jim-Bob (conditioning coach James Owen), but at the moment it is all going really well.
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"Albion last couple of games are in the middle of April and I am hoping to maybe make a couple of those."
Messer (right) ruptured his other ACL when he was a youngster at Bath, but he admits it feels different this time around.
"It's a 100 per cent better," he said. "I am being looked after very well. I am about two months ahead of where I was last time around.
"I have got a lot more hands on from the medical team. They all deal with each other well and that makes my life so much easier."
Messer was at Aberavon last weekend to cheer on his team-mates.
He said: "My girlfriend lives just down the road so I went up to watch.
"If I could go to every away game that would be great, but I don't think there is always enough room on the coach for me.
"However, I do try my hardest to keep showing my face about. I don't want to be a forgotten face."
So is it getting any easier for Messer on the sidelines?
"It sometimes can as you progress," he said. "The boys have a challenge out on the field every week, but my challenge is to start running or start sidestepping – little things at a time.
"It is hard watching, but at the end of the day you have to grin and bear it. If supporters and the boys see my face they know I am making a commitment, as they are."