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Laird back in contention for Blues

15 March 2013

Midfielder Marc Laird fit again following hamstring injury

Marc Laird is available again for Blues after recovering from the hamstring injury he picked up against Cheltenham Town last month.

Laird has been training this week ahead of Saturday’s game against Torquay United and is now ready to be involved in the action again.

The midfielder, who first picked up the hamstring injury away at Exeter, was then, by Paul Sturrock’s admission, rushed back slightly, before it went again in the home game against Cheltenham.

Having spent so long on the sidelines, Laird can’t wait to be back. He said: “I have trained with the squad this week and there aren’t any problems with my hamstring now.

“I feel fit and ready to play again so would love to be involved again tomorrow, but it’s up to the manager what he decides to do.

“Maybe I came back slightly too quick last time, but this time I’ve had more training with has made me stronger ahead of the game.

“I think I only trained once before the Cheltenham game and went back into the side, this time though I’ve trained all week and not had any reaction to the injury.

“I want to be involved because it’s an important game and I’ve really missed being out there and involved.”

Sturrock though will air on the side of caution this time around with Laird.

He said: “I maybe rushed him back before and did the same with Mark Phillips and Chris Barker because it was needs must, but we’ll be going softly, softly with Marc.

“Unless I have too many drinks on Friday night you can probably expect to see Marc among the substitutes this weekend, which in itself is a big boost.”

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