Pushing On Through
ANTONI Sarcevic is determined to do whatever it takes to ensure he can play a full part in Argyle’s promotion run-in.
The midfielder, who made an instant impact after signing for the Pilgrims in January, has played nine times for Argyle since his arrival, but is yet to put more than three starts together. An ankle injury, sustained in a game against Leyton Orient in which he also scored, has caused Antoni to miss games here and there.
Sarcevic admits that he is not entirely fit, and that can still feel his ankle knock, but said he feels as fit as he has done since picking up the injury. Plus, he is prepared to summon up his full reserves to help Argyle in their promotion push.
Speaking about the injury, Antoni said: “It was a massive frustration and it’s one that I was really gutted about because I was doing well and scoring goals. It was bit of a frustrating setback.
“I was very worried; the day after [it happened], we assessed it and luckily it was one that wasn't too bad. I just did everything I could to make sure that could back as soon as I could.
“I was in everyday doing doubles just making sure that I had done everything to get back because to me these are the games that I want to be involved in and like I said I want to be involved in every game now to end the season.”
It is a season that only has eight games remaining to play. Argyle are second in the Sky Bet League Two table, looking to secure enough points to return to the division above after six season in the EFL’s bottom division.
That is the first objective – another lies beyond, with the possibility of catching current leaders Doncaster Rovers, to claim the divisional championship. Doncaster are the Pilgrims’ next opponents, this Sunday, in a live, televised game at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Should Argyle win, and set off in pursuit of Rovers, Sarcevic is keen to make sure no injury will halt his urge to play.
He said: “I’m not anywhere near like I was, fully fit with the ankle, but as long as I know it’s enough to get me out there I’ll be out there helping the team.
“It’s nothing bad; it’s just obviously still bit of a little niggle, but it’s nothing to keep me out.
“When you come in January you want to play every game. That’s what I want to do; do everything I can to make sure that we get that promotion at the end of the season.
“It means pushing your body through it for seven weeks - then you can enjoy the summer.”