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Happy Harry hopeful on his hamstring

Chapman admits it will take a game or two to "trust his hamstring" following long lay-off

7 March 2018

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Return of the Chap! Harry Chapman is back in the building, but the Middlesbrough loanee admits he needs to get back to 'trusting his hamstring' before fans really see him back to his flowing best.

Out since October after picking up the injury in the 0-0 draw at Wigan Athletic earlier in the campaign, it's been a gruelling last six months for the 20-year-old, who was really finding his feet in Rovers colours after his move from Middlesbrough.

The rehabilitation has been gruelling, as was the flight back from Finland after surgery, as Harry revealed to us last month.

But Chapman's learnt a new sprinting technique during that time, under the guidance of ex-Olympian Darren Campbell and has promised to return to Rovers as a better player than before.

So, how's it gone in his first couple of days back at the Senior Training Centre? We'll let the man himself explain.

“It’s great to be back. It’s been a long time but I feel fine, I feel fit and I’m ready to fight for my place in the team again," Chapman said to iFollow Rovers.

“I’ve been on at the Middlesbrough staff every week asking when I’ll be back and how long until I can come back down to Blackburn. In the end, I think they just got sick of me asking and just let me go this week!
 
“I came in at the start of last week and everything has gone to plan. It feels like my first day again, with a few new signings brought in in January. I have got to know them and they’re really nice lads.
 
“It’s the same old banter. I expected it and I enjoy the crack. I’m really happy to be back. I felt good physically until I trained. I’ve felt quite tired. Rehab has just got the fitness back into you, running in straight lines, that sort of stuff.
 
“There has been a bit of ball work but you can’t stop in training, which wasn’t always the case when I was in rehab and you have to build things up bit by bit."
 
Eager to return, Chapman's already got his eyes on joining in with Damien Johnson's Under-23s side in the coming weeks prior to linking up with Tony Mowbray's men again.
 
“Hopefully, after a few weeks of training and after a few Development Squad games, I’ll be back in the squad for the first team at some point soon.
 
“I need to get the first game under my belt, get a bit more confidence and get back to trusting my hamstring again. That’ll happen in the Development Squad games and then I won’t be shy in hitting the ground running when I get back in the first team.
 
“I think the biggest aspect now is getting my brain back into place again and trusting my hamstring. Training isn’t the same tempo as matchday so it’ll need a few games for that to happen."
 
Welcome back, Harry!

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