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After a tough spell watching on from the sidelines, Louie Annesley has ramped up his recovery and is aiming to be back in a Dundalk shirt very soon.

The Lilywhites defender hasn’t featured since the beginning of March after contracting sepsis from an infection in his groin following the 5-0 win over St Patrick’s Athletic at Oriel Park.

Speaking on the latest episode of Inside Oriel with BetRegal, Annesley spoke about the illness but said he was hopeful of being back in action ahead of the mid-season break in June.

“I was in the hospital for three weeks,” he said, “and the first week was like a bit of a blur because I was on a lot of antibiotics and trying to find out what it was, how it got in.

I wasn’t thinking too much about it there and then, but then, as I was getting a lot better, I started to think, God, like yeah, obviously this has hit me hard. I couldn’t walk for two, three weeks, so it was tough but I got my head around it pretty quickly.

“Everyone here has been really supportive and all the messages I got, I was really grateful for. It was annoying but I’m just happy to obviously be on the mend.

“I’m starting to ramp things up now and starting to get back in with the boys hopefully so it’s all looking good and positive at the moment.”

You can watch the full episode of Inside Oriel with BetRegal at the top of the page. Alternatively, you can listen to the interview now on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.