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Ball delighted to be back playing again

18 January 2015

Striker had been sidelined for three months with injury

David Ball admitted his delight at making his Fleetwood Town return in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at home to Oldham Athletic.

The striker, who had previously been sidelined for three months after sustaining a fractured leg in the defeat away at the MK Dons in October, made his return to the first-team fold as a 75th minute substitute for Stephen Crainey.

And following his 15 minute cameo, the 25-year-old was pleased to make his return to the fold in an interview with the club media team.

“I’m obviously delighted, it’s been a hard three months for me, but I’ve just been coming to the games and getting around the lads as much as I can.

“I’m more bothered about the result for the lads, but I don’t think we we’re quite there, as we have been lately.

“At the training ground, I’ve worked my socks off to get back.”

Ball then stated that he has been frustrated with his injury spell, but hopes to be back on the pitch on a regular basis to help Town climb up the League One table.

“It’s been frustrating for me. As a footballer, it’s all I’ve known since I was probably the age of seven, so when I’m not out on the pitch or working hard, it gets you disappointed.

“I was spurred on by the fact that Jamma (Jamille Matt) was in the gym for a long period of time, a lot longer than me, so he kept me going.

“It’s difficult but it’s part of the game, I’ve obviously been unlucky as all my injuries have been impact injuries, so I think it is a bit of bad luck.

“I’m determined as ever to get out and back into the team, I try to keep myself in the best shape as I possibly can.

“I’m just delighted to be back out with the lads, and hopefully I can push on in the next few weeks for a starting place.”

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