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Alan Reynolds has revealed for the first time the extent of the injuries he sustained when violently assaulted in Tramore last month.
In his first interview since, speaking to LOI Weekly, the Waterford manager spoke about the attack and also his hopes to get back to the dugout as soon as he can.
Reynolds is hoping to watch a game live for the first time since the attack when Bray host the Blues – who have a huge chance of reaching European football next season – Friday.
And Reynolds also paid tribute to those who had been in contact since his attack.
He said: "I've been in and out of hospital the past few weeks. I still have a boot on for another few weeks but I'll be back in no time.
"Where do I start? I'd a broken leg, which needed to be operated on. I had a pin and screws and plate put into that. I had a broken nose, a fractured cheekbone, a few stitches on my face and that's roughly it. Besides that, it's perfect," he added, laughing.
However, Reynolds admitted that he was shocked by what happened after a night out in Tramore.
"It was really difficult. I know I'm laughing and joking (but) it was a tough time for us all, family and that. It was something I wanted to keep low key, but it was the talk of the city down here and then it went nationally. It was a shock and everyone was upset about it.
"These things are happening frequently; I'm lucky to be still here and looking forward to getting started again. I can't say too much: there is a case going on. More will develop, all that takes time. First and foremost, I will have to get back to full health.
While Reynolds will not be in the dugout at the Carlisle Grounds, he is set to be back after the mid-season break.
"After the break, if I have a boot on, I will be laid up in that stage. I want to get back on the pitch and help the cause. The lads who have been there have done very well.
"(The messages were) fantastic. I wanted to try and keep it as low key as possible. The messages I got from managers, coaches, the likes of Brian Kerr and Pat Dolan, great supporters of the league.
"A lot of managers from both leagues have been in touch, which is pleasing. At the end of the day nobody wants to see this happen and we understand the pressures we're under in our jobs so it's great to get that support from them."
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