Charlton full-back Lewis Page targeting a fighting-fit 2018/19

Full-back Lewis Page is targeting a fighting-fit 2018/19, having spent the majority of the close season working hard in the gym.

The 22-year-old, who joined the Addicks from West Ham United in January 2017, has been troubled by injuries since his switch to The Valley.

And Page – who bagged one of Charlton’s best goals last season, a rasping strike against Plymouth Argyle – is hoping to reap the rewards of his hard work once the new season kicks off.

“I gave myself one week off and the rest of the time I’ve been in the gym most days,” he said following Charlton’s 2-1 win at Dulwich Hamlet on Wednesday night.

“I did a few runs but most of it was gym work. I wanted to come back stronger than before. Running in pre-season is tough so, hopefully, I should be fit and powerful.

“I’m feeling good, touch wood, so I need to keep that up and stay on top of things and hopefully have a fully fit, full season.”

Hamstring and Achilles injuries have forced Page to miss matches since his move to SE7.

He said: “I have specific conditioning programmes that I follow for my hamstrings and Achilles. I had to keep on top of that throughout the off season to reduce my chances of breaking down once pre-season started with the hard grounds.

“It was important for me to do that and I completed my normal programme too, which I think everyone else did as well.”

Page is Charlton’s most senior left-back and, providing he can keep himself injury free, he is hoping to make that position his own.

He said: “I don’t know if the club are looking to bring anyone else in but I hope to be the first choice left-back. It was good with Jay Dasilva last year because when he got injured for a little bit I was able to come into the team and there was good competition.

“Obviously, I want to make that position my own and make that shirt mine and either way I just have to perform as well as I can on the pitch.”

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