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Laird: Brilliant to be back

6 November 2013

Marc Laird delighted to be back involved against Mansfield Town

Marc Laird says it was brilliant to be back involved on Friday night against Mansfield Town after two and a half months out with injury.

Laird’s last appearance came against Northampton Town on 17th August where he injured both his knee and his foot.

The knee injury was expected to take around six to eight weeks to heel, but a bit of bruising on the foot meant his comeback was delayed.

That wait ended for Laird on Friday night when he replaced Anthony Straker late on in the 3-0 win against Mansfield Town.

Marc said: “It was brilliant to be back after ten or 11 weeks out with the injuries. I missed playing so much so it was great to be back out on the pitch and even better with the team winning the game.

“The initial scan on the knee said six to eight weeks but there was also an issue with my foot, but now that’s all sorted I can really push on and work hard.

“I’ve got to work really hard to get back into the team because they’ve been doing well and the midfielders have also been playing really well.

“The knee feels fantastic. I’ve been doing lots of rehab with the physio and fitness coach so it’s progressing well.

“It was nice to get ten minutes against Mansfield. The lads played really well and it was nice to be able to come in for ten minutes to get back into the action.”

Laird is now hoping to play some part in the FA Cup against Morecambe on Saturday.

With Conor Clifford suspended for three games, it may give Laird the ideal opportunity to make his mark in the team again.

He added: “The FA Cup is always special and we all want to have a successful run in the competition.

“You can take your mind off the league for the week and a good cup run can be important for the club.

“As I’ve said there’s competition for places so if I do get my chance I’ve got to make the most of it and hold down a place in the team.”

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