Accrington Stanley midfielder Ian Craney targets rapid comeback

Ian Craney
Craney has scored one goal in 16 appearances this season

Accrington midfielder Ian Craney says he is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a broken leg and broken ankle and could return next by Christmas.

He sustained the injury in training after colliding with team-mate Tom Bender three weeks ago.

The 29-year-old told BBC Radio Lancashire: "I must be one of those people who heal quick.

"The year before last I had a grade three tear of my hamstring and played the next game."

The former Swansea and Huddersfield player is in his third spell as a Stanley player. He helped the club win promotion to the Football League in his first spell in 2006.

He said: "I got the plaster cast off last week which is a bit of a relief because it was meant to be on for six weeks and I had it taken off after a week and a half.

"The specialist told me that it would be the end of January but when I got the boot off he told me that I was two weeks ahead of schedule so that will knock me down to the first week in January but I think I will be before that."