Joe Walsh has reflected on the hard work he has had to put in behind the scenes in order to return to fitness.
The Welshman has had a frustrating spell on the sidelines through injuries since last season but has insisted he and the medical team has put in the work to ensure he can stay fit upon his return.
Walsh said: “It is obviously disappointing every time you get injured. You just have to make sure you work hard alongside the medical staff and in the gym to get back fit and prevent it from happening again. Things like this happen in football and you just have to get on with it.
“I have a programme going with the medical staff whereby I train a little less, but I listen to whatever they have to say, because it is up to them. I haven’t been training everyday, I have a workload to do in the gym before and after training which is a little different to what the other lads get up to. It is good to finally be back playing and hopefully I can stay fit and help the team pick up more points.”
The central defender admits he had doubts during his recovery as to whether he could break back into the City side, but now he is on a personal programme to ease him back to fitness, he feels as though he is able to fit into the Imps' system.
He added: “You have to trust yourself and work as hard as you can, so when you’re back fit you can get back in the team. If you manage to do that, it is about maintaining your place.
“I go to all the games and watch them, and am still in the thick of everything. I am ready to go at all times. I think I can play anywhere along a back three because it is something I have done at other clubs, but even if I didn’t, I know it is something I know I can go through with the coaching staff, so I feel confident.”
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