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Adama: My frustration at long absence

Adama: My frustration at long absence

Adama Traore has spoken of his sadness at not being able to help the team over the past few months in their survival bid.

Adama, a summer signing from Barcelona, has been absent since limping off in the January clash at Sunderland.

The flying winger broke a bone in his foot but returned to action this week when he played 75 minutes of an U21 derby game with West Brom.

He came through that and is now expected to come into Eric Black's thoughts for Saturday's encounter with Bournemouth.

Adama is happy to be healthy and available again although he says he wishes his return had come sooner with the claret and blues fighting relegation.

He said: "I haven't been happy not being able to help.

"Nobody likes to be at the bottom of the table - and I have felt sad because I haven't been able to contribute to the team and help my team-mates in the side.

"It's been very frustrating watching on and not being able to get out there and make a difference on the pitch with my performances.

"I am looking to make an impact now and try to help change the situation and make a big contribution.

"I played 75 minutes on Monday for the U21s. It felt good to build up my fitness. I felt positive.

"I have trained a few times but it's nice to play in a match, with us all together in a game situation.

"Over the past few months overall, I have been working really hard. I haven't relaxed at all in my time off injured.

"I have been putting in the hours and now I feel good.

"It's up to the coach now to decide when I'm ready but when I am selected I will give the absolute best I can to make a difference."

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Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 7th April 2016