Horsham can’t wait for ‘warrior’ Keehan to return

Hassocks v Horsham. Pic Steve Robards. SR1518174 SUS-151008-130656001
Hassocks v Horsham. Pic Steve Robards. SR1518174 SUS-151008-130656001

Kevin Keehan’s return from injury cannot come soon enough for Horsham manager Dominic Di Paola.

The influential midfielder has started just nine of the Hornets’ 23 games so far this season after being hampered by a reoccurring hamstring problem.

Just two of those appearances have been in the league and they have decided to now make sure he is fully fit before his return after rushing him back earlier in the season.

Di Paola think he is still another week away and said: “We miss Kev a lot. He has played just nine games and two or three of them he was injured. He’s a warrior and in games like Saturday, he would have dragged something out of them.

“He will tear into players if they are not preforming and sometimes people need that. “There is no messing about with Kev, he will let people know if they aren’t giving the effort that he is giving - sometimes you need that nasty streak. We miss him so much when he isn’t playing, he’s a real winner.”

Di Paola added: “Jake (Chadwick) will also get his chances when he is fully fit. I know exactly what I will get from him, he gives absolutely everything.”

Horsham travel to Worthing United on Saturday and host Peacehaven in the Sussex Senior Cup on Tuesday night.

Mark Knee should return on Saturday, although Samir Hadi remains sidelined.

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