Crolla: May return is possible

The Mancunian suffered horrific injuries in December when he was attacked with a concrete slab as he tried to apprehend thieves who were attempting to rob his neighbour???s house.

Crolla suffered a fractured skull and a broken ankle, forcing him to postpone a world title fight against WBA champion Richar Abril which had been scheduled for next week.

However, the 28-year-old Crolla has always been determined to return to the ring and says he may be ready for action earlier than his originally stated summer target.

“I’m 100% certain I’ll be back,” he said.??”I can get a bit carried away and start thinking ‘well I can be getting around a bit in a few weeks, it won’t take long to get fit, I can get back sparring’.

“But the sparring is the thing I need to be careful with and I’ll probably need brain scans even before I return to sparring.

“At first we were aiming for July, then we cut it back to June. I honestly think I can be ready for May, late May. We’ll see. I really believe that.??Because I’ve gone through this and suffered this bit of heartache, I’ll be even more focused than before.”

Crolla has had the cast on his ankle taken off this week and is delighted to be back on his feet.

‘Selection boxes’

“There are certain little exercises I can do and I’m so much happier now,??? he said.?????There is only so much sitting around on the couch eating selection boxes you can do before you want to get back in the gym.

“The most serious injury is obviously the fracture to the skull but that’s not giving me any trouble.??I’m not suffering any headaches or anything.

“The British Boxing Board of Control have been in touch with me and there are certain medical requirements which are very strict, for the safety of our sport, which I’ll have to pass.

“I’ll have the brain scans before I get the all-clear. I had scans when it happened and there was no bleeding on the brain. There won’t be a problem with them, it’s just better to be safe than sorry.

“The ankle was broken in two places but is healing brilliantly. I’ve got one of the top experts in the country working on it and he thinks it will get back to 100%.???

Crolla also returned to Twitter on Wednesday, writing: ???Not been on here for a while but thanks everyone who tweeted me messages of support.

???Honest, I???m getting better all the time, starting my physio tonight and will be back in the gym sooner than expected.???