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I will come back better - Williams

12 November 2016

Defender Derrick Williams is set to hand Rovers a much-needed injury boost.

The 23-year-old full-back suffered a hamstring injury in the opening minutes of the second half at his former club Bristol City last month.

He subsequently missed the 1-1 draw at home to Wolves and 2-1 defeat away to Aston Villa, with early diagnosis ruling him out for four to six weeks.

However, Williams has been making steady progress in his recovery and hopes to make himself available for selection when Rovers return to action after the international break against Brentford in seven days time. 

"With my injury, I was a bit gutted to miss the two games, but with the international break, hopefully if I'm lucky, I might not miss another one, so we'll see how it goes," he said.

"It's progressing well at the miniute, so it's going alright.

"It was frustrating, especially because it was a big occasion for me (playing at Bristol City), but I was more concerned about the result, which didn't go our way either, so it was pretty much a bad day all round.

"That's in the past now, so we've just got to look forward. I understand it's an injury, but it happens in football. You've just got to get on with it, do your work and come back better.  

"I'm working with the physios every day, I've done some running outside and it felt good, so we'll just take it step by step.

"We'll just see how I am in the next week or so and maybe I'll be in contention (for Brentford), we'll just see how it goes."

With the busy festive period fast approaching, Williams insists the two few months could be massive in Rovers' season and he can't wait to play his part - insisting that his best performances in a Rovers shirt are still to come. 

"Even just sitting out a game or two, you get frustrated a bit and you just want to get out there and play, so it will be good to be back," he added.

"It's massive and it's an important time. Some teams don't fancy it as much with the cold weather and things like that, so we're looking forward to going again.

"For me personally, I think I was finally getting my fitness up to where I wanted it (before the injury). 

"I've still got a lot more to add going forward, so I just want to get fully fit and hopefully we can have some exciting times."

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