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"It was great to get back out there after so long. I want to put the injury behind me." - Coventry City's Jordan Willis

21 April 2016

The Sky Blues defender returned to action today for the Under-21s, completing an hour in the 3-0 win over Hull...

Coventry City defender Jordan Willis believes he can begin to put the injury 'frustration' behind him after returning for the Under-21s.

The 21-year old defender played his first competitive minutes in five months for the club after an ankle injury he originally sustained in the 2-1 defeat to Walsall in August 2015.

Willis did return for the Under-21s in December against Sheffield Wednesday and pulled up just 15 minutes into the game but now looks ready to return to first-team action.

The Coventry-born defender completed an hour against Hull City and he admitted it felt good to be back out on the pitch, even though he had cramp towards the end.

He said: "It was great to get back out there after so long. It's been such a frustrating period in my life but I can put it behind me now.

"I felt good. I pulled up with a bit of cramp towards the end of my time on the pitch but I've always suffered with that, even when I'm playing regularly.

"It's nothing to be concerned about and now I'm just looking ahead. I don't think I missed a header today against a physical striker as well so I was happy with my performance. 

"It was also a great clean sheet for the side and it is great to be part of a winning side today. I'll probably play against Huddersfield on Monday to get more minutes under my belt.

The Sky Blues face Huddersfield Town at the Ricoh Arena on Monday with Willis set to play once again after City's 3-0 win over Hull City today.

Willis hopes he can get into the first-team squad before the end of the season but admitted his main focus is next campaign.

He added: "I'll start looking at first-team games after that. I've got to make sure I come through the Under-21s ok and fit because I don't want to rush and pull up which would disrupt my pre-season.

"It's been tough watching the game when they've been going through a bad patch but also when we've been picking up results. You always look at the games knowing you could help the team so it's been frustrating for me.

"After Monday's Under-21s game, the first-team have two games left so if I could get involved in that and the physio staff give me the thumbs up, that'd be great.

"Whilst it would be nice, that isn't my main focus. I want to get back in for pre-season and make up for lost time next season."

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