Defender Luke Wilkinson has said he hopes to have put the injury problems which kept him out for large parts of last season behind him.

The centre-half said that using custom-made insoles in his boots and a regime of gym work has helped him overcome problems with his soleus muscle, part of the lower leg.

He only played 20 times last season as a result of injuries and suspensions and is hoping to get in much more game time this season.

Yeovil Town defender Luke Wilkinson.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Wilkinson said: “It has been a really frustrating two years, I have had soleus problems on both legs twice, so it has been frustrating.

“But we seem to have gotten to the bottom of it with orthotics and strength work, so I am hoping I can be out there for 50-plus games and help take this team to where we want to be.

The 30-year-old said the team had been working hard in pre-season to rid themselves of the errors which cost them 68 goals in the National League last season.

Manager Darren Sarll has spoken in pre-season about how supporters can expect to be a more “controlled” style from his side this year.

Wilkinson said: “There has been a lot of work on the defensive side of it and you can see from our pre-season games that we were solid as a team and our attacking play comes from our defensive work.

“We defend as a team and we then we build from there, if we can wear teams down that way and get a couple of goals that way we will take it every week.

“It’s not about scoring four and conceding three, I don’t think any football fan want to see you concede three every week and then you have to score four every week.

“So hopefully we can keep games tight but get the wins that we need.

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