Albrighton: This coming season is "absolutely huge" for me
Marc Albrighton on 2012-13 campaign.
29th Jun 2012
Albrighton: This coming season is "absolutely huge" for me

By Paul Brown

Marc Albrighton admits this season is "absolutely huge" for him as he looks to impress Paul Lambert and make himself a first team regular.

Albrighton is eager to show what he can do - after missing the chance to shine in front of Lambert in both games against Norwich last term.

Albrighton was on the bench for Villa's 3-2 win and injured for the 2-0 defeat, meaning Lambert was unable to catch his wing skills in close quarters.

But the midfield ace is now keen to deliver in training and gain a place in the first XI.

He said: "It really is a fresh challenge for me because I didn't play in either of the Villa v Norwich games last season.

"I didn't play in the 3-2 win at Villa Park or the 2-0 defeat at Carrow Road so the gaffer hasn't seen me up close on the pitch. Maybe he has seen bits of me. Maybe he hasn't.

"But, for me, it's a massive season and one I am relishing. I had a first season which was good but the second wasn't so good. This third season is absolutely huge for me.

"I am going to try and impress and hopefully I can. It's so big. I can't put it into words. Hopefully I can impress early on and my confidence will take me on for the rest of the season."

Albrighton returns to training this week after being given the all-clear from the thigh injury which dogged the back end of last season.

He added: "I strained my thigh before the Norwich game. I did it three times in three months, which was obviously frustrating.

"They didn't want to risk it. I felt like I could play but we had already managed to stay up so there wasn't much to play for, from that perspective. We weren't fighting relegation.

"I have come in a couple of days in the summer to make sure it's healing well and looking good. The physios are very positive about it and say it looks fine. I am raring to go."

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