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Leonard glad to be back playing

21 January 2013

Youngster happy to final have overcome his injuries

Ryan Leonard has revealed his delight at being back in action following a lay-off with injury – and he’s ready to fight for a starting berth.

Ryan made his first appearance after his return from injury against Brentford on Tuesday and was involved immediately as he set Barry Corr up to equalise with only his second touch.

The youngster has been back in training for nearly two weeks now, and he’s determined to put his injuries behind him and fight for a place in the starting XI.

He said: “It’s been a frustrating time for me this season with the injuries I’ve been picking up, but I’m feeling fully fit again now.

“I’ve been back in training for nearly two weeks and there’s been no problems so it’s looking good at the moment.

“One or two of the other lads are struggling with knocks at the moment and that may lead to me getting a chance.

“If I do get that chance I’ll give me all to take it and show the manager what I can do. 

“It was great, on a personal note, to get back out there against Brentford on Tuesday night, but of course we were disappointed as we lost the game.”

Leonard was looking forward to taking on his hometown club but the postponement this morning means he will have to take on the team he was released by after having been on their books for 11 years.

Speaking about his time at Plymouth, Leonard added: “It was great to play for my hometown club – one that I had watched as I was growing up.

“It obviously wasn’t a highlight for me when I was released and I wasn’t sure what I’d do.

“But I’ve been given a chance here and I’m grateful for that. Hopefully I’m over my injuries now and can really push on.”

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