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Leonard: Pick up where I left off

13 December 2013

Midfielder on his return to fitness, the trip to Torquay and changing winning teams

Ryan Leonard doesn’t think the hamstring injury that has ruled him out since the win at Exeter City will lead to a drop in form once he returns to the side.

The midfielder has now recovered from the knock picked up in training, which meant he missed the games against York, Portsmouth, Cheltenham Town and Chesterfield.

But he’s back available for boss Phil Brown this weekend, and he is confident he can pick up where he left off before he suffered the injury.

He said: “There’s never a nice time to be out injured but I was enjoying a good run of form and improving with every game so it was tough to take.

“But I’ve worked hard with the physio who has done a good job to get me back training again. It was good to be back out there on Tuesday training again.

“These injuries do happen so it’s something you have to accept. We all work really hard in training to try and impress, but you can see the benefits out on the pitch.

“I haven’t been out for too long so hopefully I can settle straight back in and pick up where I was before the injury.

“Obviously it’s tough for the manager because the team is winning so I might have to accept being on the bench.

“I wouldn’t change the team if I was manager but hopefully the gaffer feels different because it would be great to be back involved on Saturday.”

Leonard has highlighted former Blues striker Elliot Benyon as one to watch out for when we travel to Torquay.

“He’s a good character and a good striker. He didn’t have much luck here but he’s got quick feet and if a good finisher so we’ll have to be at our best to stop him defensively,” Leonard added. 

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