Joe Walsh eyeing a run of games

City defender Joe Walsh says he is eager for a consistent spell in the team after a frustrating season to date due to injury blows.

The Welshman has made a return to the squad in the past few weeks and, after a suspension setback, is ready to hold down his place in the starting 11.

Walsh said: “I had a long time out, so to come back but then get a suspension was frustrating, but it is what it is and I’m back now and hoping to get back into the team for Saturday.

“When I first found out, I couldn’t believe it – to have gotten the same injury but the on the other leg, it was a blow. You just have to get your head around it quickly then get down and get on with it, do the best you can to get back and help the team straight away.

“I went to see a specialist in London, and I have done everything I possibly could to get back and for it to not happen again. I feel good at the moment, no niggles or anything, so hopefully I can keep going and stay fit."

The timing of his return will be hugely beneficial to Michael Appleton and his selection choices as the club prepares for a number of important fixtures in a congested schedule.

The central defender says he believes the squad has the battling qualities necessary to fight their way up the league table and urges his teammates to enjoy the pressure of the situation.

He added: “We have shown fight and good character in games, but we have to show it consistently now and take it to the end of the season.

“That starts on Saturday, and then applies to every game and you have to trust the players around you will do the same. If everyone does their bit, we will be alright.

“You’ve got to enjoy the big pressure games, it’s what we play football for. You’ve got to go into every game thinking about the feeling at the end of the game – forget about the points, go into the match and give your all and that’s all you can do.”

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