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JAMES Scowcroft may have given up on football for this season, but he has refused to rule out a Paul Scholes-esque return to the game.

In the same week Manchester United’s midfield maestro sensationally made a comeback, Scowcroft admitted the combination of his long-term groin injury and mounting media work would not allow him to turn out for Bury Town this campaign.

Although it was reported in Bury Town’s programme on Tuesday he had retired, the former Ipswich Town, Crystal Palace and Leicester City professional said it would be hard for him to ever consider hanging his boots up.

Stanton-based Scowcroft, now 36, said: “I don’t really want to call it a day, I’m just bringing it to a halt for the time being.

“My injury has dragged on a bit and to get fully fit now would take several weeks, plus I’m going to games left, right and centre every week for TV and radio.

“But will I play football ever again? If I’m hungry enough and fit enough, then yes.

“I have only just turned 36 and it might be the case I just need a few months off to recover — football is in my blood and I would find it hard to ever retire.”

Scowcroft has not played for the Blues since tearing one of his groin muscles away from the bone during an innocuous-looking fall against Cambridge United in pre-season.

He initially thought he would be sidelined until October, but admitted in an interview with the Free Press in November it could bring an end to his playing career.

“It’s quite a sad time for me because it’s the first time in 30 years I haven’t been associated with a football club,” continued the striker-turned-midfielder.

“But I’m in a situation in my life where I would not rule anything out.”