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'I'm ready to return' - Callum Wilson

26 February 2014

The City striker also had encouraging words for young striker Ben Maund after teaming up in the Under-21s...

Coventry City striker Callum Wilson believes he is ready to return to first-team action after completing 45 minutes for the Under-21s.

The 21-year old suffered a dislocated shoulder during the 3-1 win at Rotherham United on New Year's Day, an injury which required surgery.

Incredibly, less than eight weeks later, Wilson featured for the Under-21s in a 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday, which is largely down to the work of the club's medical department.

Having come through 45 minutes for the Under-21s, Wilson was delighted to be back on the pitch and hopes to figure against Shrewsbury on Sunday.

The City striker said: "Firstly, it is a relief to be back out there. To come through the test without any further injury and feeling good is great.

"I was only meant to play 30 minutes but I hadn't got near the goal so I wanted to stay on until half-time and luckily they let me. 

"I feel ready. I've done plenty of running and have been in full training for a week now. Match fitness isn't just about your fitness but about your sharpness on the pitch and I'm probably not as sharp as I was before the injury.

"That will come with game-time. I'm doing extra training to get that sharpness back and I'm sure I can continue the form I had before the injury."

It was Wilson's first appearance for the Under-21s since last season where he used the Professional Development League fixtures to showcase his talents to manager Steven Pressley and break into the first-team.

The City striker linked up with Ben Maund for the Under-21s and Wilson had some encouraging words for the Academy graduate.

He added: "What I did last season was not dwell on the fact that your contract is up at the end of the season and just focus on your game.

"Always listen to what the manager and coaching staff are saying because they're always trying to help. 

"Importantly, you've got to play with confidence and I think he did that today. I enjoyed linking up with him as you know he is always going to work hard.

"He did well to set up the first goal so I'm sure he'll be hoping to kick on during the rest of the Under-21s season."

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