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Liam Gordon delighted to return from injury

22 September 2022

Club News

Liam Gordon delighted to return from injury

22 September 2022

Walsall defender Liam Gordon was delighted to make his comeback from injury and play his first match in a Saddlers shirt on Tuesday evening.

The 23-year-old came off the bench against Cheltenham Town in the Papa John’s Trophy to make his long-awaited debut for the Club.

Gordon suffered a nasty injury at the start of pre-season and it’s been a long road back for the former Bolton Wanderers defender.

He is hoping to build on his first appearance and have a positive season but he was over the moon to make that first step of getting back on the pitch.

“It was the best feeling being back out there with the boys and being able to play,” he said.

“I have been waiting ages for this opportunity and this moment so I am delighted for it.

“It has been the longest journey and the most peculiar journey I have ever been on or any other footballer has probably been on, I don’t think anyone has had it as strange as I have had it but Dan (McCrea), Ewan (Turnbull), the Gaffer and Ellie (Hargreaves) have all been so supportive of me.

“All the staff have pushed me to keep going and they have helped me get back out there and to be able to get through the game.

“I don’t think any of the boys that are still injured want to be where they are but I have had a good group round me. All of the boys in the squad have been great, they have kept me going through a tough period and they have been so welcoming with me coming back into the team.

"All of the staff and the medical team have been so supportive of me and I just want to thank them all.

“For me to get injured at the start of pre-season and to not be involved with the group and a new squad, it has been hard mentally and physically. It has been a long journey but hopefully I am now back out there with the boys and I can have a clean run for the rest of the season.”

Gordon was introduced midway through the second half at the Completely Suzuki Stadium and while he is looking forward to getting 90 minutes under his belt, he admits that there is still work to be done and insists an element of caution is still required.

“We have got to manage my fitness, manage my legs as well because it was a muscular injury,” he explained.

“Obviously, we don’t want me to completely blow up and then another muscle injury happens. We are now managing my fitness and the number of minutes that I play and just slowly getting me back out there to do 90 minutes.”

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