Gabby Zakuani returns to Peterborough United training

Gabby Zakuani
Zakuani has played 12 of his 14 games this season with a broken toe

Peterborough United defender Gabby Zakuani says he is relieved to have returned to training after three months of just playing games.

The 25-year-old has continued to play during that time with the help of pain-killing injections to a broken toe.

"I have literally not trained since the beginning of August," the centre-half told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

"It just feels good to be able to put weight on to my foot without any sort of injection."

Zakuani initially broke his toe against Stevenage on 9 August but, after a three-week lay-off, he has started all of Posh's last 12 games while carrying the injury, although he was unable to train between matches and has only just started to run on a treadmill.

"We're hoping we can step it up to ball work on Thursday or Friday," he explained.

"At the moment it's just been running on the treadmill. Until now I hadn't even been able to walk on the treadmill in between games.

"It's a good thing I can actually get a full running session to get that running action and to get weight on my foot, which is great."

And Zakuani is pleased he will no longer have to use pain-killing injections to get through games.

"It does wear out really early in games," he said. "There's been a few times where it's worn off in the warm-up.

"Knowing that the gaffer would rather play me injured means a lot."

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