Ryan Johnson’s return from injury a boost for St Albans City and Stevenage

PUBLISHED: 11:56 08 December 2016 | UPDATED: 11:56 08 December 2016

Ryan Johnson heads the ball over the bar. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

Ryan Johnson heads the ball over the bar. Picture: LEIGH PAGE

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St Albans City and Stevenage were both handed a boost after Ryan Johnson made a successful return form injury.

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The centre-half, who has been out since picking up a knee injury while on international duty with Northern Ireland, was selected for only his second game since August against Eastbourne Borough on Saturday and played the full 90 minutes.

And he repeated that on Monday night in City’s 1-0 win over Boreham Wood in the Herts Senior Cup.

Saints’ boss Ian Allinson was delighted with Johnson’s return and said the decision to play him came with the full backing of his Stevenage counterpart, Darren Sarll.

Speaking after Saturday’s game Allinson said: “We spoke to Darren Sarll on Friday and he was happy for us to play the boy [against Eastbourne]. He just wants us to protect him as he has been out for a long time.

“He’s had an operation on his knee but he was ready to play and Stevenage were more than happy for him to play.

“It would been nice to give him around 60 minutes but we had to play him for the full game. We’ve got responsibility over Ryan’s career and he’s only a young boy but I thought he was tremendous.”

Allinson is hoping his time at Clarence Park is not drawing to a close.

His loan deal ends in January but there is the possibility of extending that for the full season.

“We’ve got four or five games before his loan ends and he’ll be involved in them,” said the City manager. “Then we’ll sit down with Stevenage.

“They’ll see where they are and what sort of game time the boy is getting. He’s their player and we have to be guided by them but hopefully we can extend it going into the new year.”

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