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Lenihan: Great to be back out there

"It has been good for the past two and a half weeks so I have to look at a positive as I haven’t been playing for seven weeks"

1 April 2019

It was a bittersweet matchday for Darragh Lenihan at the weekend, who made his long-awaited return from injury, but couldn't help Rovers to anything at Aston Villa.

The 25-year-old had missed the last few weeks with a knee injury picked up at Brentford at the start of February.

But after a lay-off of almost two months, the Republic of Ireland international was back in the starting lineup, producing an assured performance at the heart of the Rovers backline at Villa Park.

And the Academy graduate says that's it's been a frustrating time for him watching on from the sidelines.

"It’s not nice being injured," the defender told iFollow Rovers after the game.

"The team hasn’t been doing so well but that’s part and parcel of football. We had a great run in January and then we just had these difficult moments.

"We didn’t get any points on Saturday so it’s how you respond to them next week at home to Stoke.

"The international break has come at a good time as it’s allowed me to get another week’s training under my belt and not rushing.

"I didn’t expect to play, never mind 90 minutes, but I feel good so I’ll do my best in these coming days to get fitter and stronger," he added.

"It has been good for the past two and a half weeks so I have to look at a positive as I haven’t been playing for seven weeks.

"To come through against Aston Villa is a positive on an individual note."


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