Vermaelen positive ahead of new season

The Belgian missed the middle eight months of the 2010/11 season thanks to an Achilles injury, but returned for the London side's final two Premier League matches.

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Gary Parkinson is a freelance writer, editor, trainer, muso, singer, actor and coach. He spent 14 years at FourFourTwo as the Global Digital Editor and continues to regularly contribute to the magazine and website, including major features on Euro 96, Subbuteo, Robert Maxwell and the inside story of Liverpool's 1990 title win. He is also a Bolton Wanderers fan.