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Hopper keen to step up his game time

12 March 2022

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Lincoln City striker, Tom Hopper, says he is eyeing back-to-back games as he continues his phased return to the side following a lengthy injury lay-off.

The frontman completed the full 90-minutes in last weekend’s victory against Sheffield Wednesday and says his body feels healthy as he targets more minutes.

Tom said: “I felt the effects of it after my first 90 minutes. It took a couple of days to recover but that is expected after such a long lay-off; the work the rehab team did allowed the transition into the match environment.

“In football you are not blessed with time, it is of the essence, so the injury was frustrating but we were patient enough and now we’re in a good place on the back of that.

“The  90 minutes at the weekend would have done me the world of good so building on that and playing back-to-back games is the next progression.”

Since his return, Hopper has operated in a strike partnership with January signing, John Marquis. He said he has managed to click with his fellow frontman, insisting they will only improve as a pair.

“John’s very experienced at this level and has scored a lot of goals,” Tom said. “It felt almost seamless to be able play with him, and we’re both experienced in terms of games so we can play off each other quite well.

“We have similar strengths but there is definitely things we can help each other with and share workloads if the manager decides to go with two up front but I think we have proved that we can adapt to different shapes and formations.”

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