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Labadie pleased to make return from injury

30 March 2023

Club News

Labadie pleased to make return from injury

30 March 2023

Walsall midfielder Joss Labadie is hoping to build on his first appearance in 11 months after making his return from injury.

It’s been a long road back since the 32-year-old injured his knee in April 2022 but he was introduced as a substitute in the final 15 minutes during Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat to AFC Wimbledon.

Labadie was disappointed his comeback came in a disappointing defeat for the team but he’s pleased to be back playing after such a long time on the sidelines.

“It’s nice, it’s been a long time coming,” he said.

“I’ve been back in training with the boys for a little while now so it’s been really nice, I feel like a footballer again but I’ve still got a long way to go.

“It’s a positive for me, first game back in 11 or so months but it’s not about me, it’s about the team and we know it’s not good enough. We’re accountable for our performance (on Tuesday) and we know it’s not good enough.

“I wish my appearance was in different circumstances but hopefully there will be a few to come by the end of the season.”

Labadie was apologetic about the team’s performance on Tuesday but insists they are keen to put things right this weekend and work their socks off.

“The boys have worked really hard; I know results have not always gone our way during the season but the boys always give a 100 per cent no matter what,” he commented.

“We dropped short of our standard. The fans deserve better, everyone deserves better and we are going to do our upmost rectify that at the weekend.

“I appreciate all the supporters that came down and made the long trek from Walsall. Apologies on the performance but hopefully we can put it right and give them something to cheer about on the weekend.”

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