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INTERVIEW: Waghorn sets his sights on first team comeback

The striker made his return in the Under-23s yesterday...

19 January 2022

Sky Blues striker Martyn Waghorn has set his sights on getting some more minutes with the first team in the coming weeks.

Waghorn, who has been out of action since early November, made his return in Sky Blues earlier this week, when he lined-up for the Under-23s.

Those minutes were invaluable to Waghorn, as he looks to build up his match fitness in order to get back up to speed as soon as possible.

“It’s nice to get some minutes, it’s been a while.” Waggy said.

“I’ve been involved in the last few matchday squads, but to get some match minutes is nice for me and to get my legs going again.

“I need to get up to speed with match sharpness to help the team and the more minutes I can get the quicker I can get to that.

“I will keep working hard training wise and hopefully try and get in contention for this weekend.”

The striker made an emphatic return when he found the back of the net with just over 90 seconds on the clock against Solihull Moors B.

Getting an hour in the tank will help the 31-year-old, with Queens Park Rangers travelling to the Coventry Building Society Arena this weekend.

“It was a bit of a scrappy goal to be honest, but I will take it, it was a nice feeling and now I just want to get some more goals and more minutes.

“I’ve missed it a lot (playing football).

“As a professional footballer it’s your job to be out there and instead you’re watching from the sidelines.

“One of my pet hates is watching the games when I’m not playing, so it’s nice to be back out there and now I just want to get some more minutes with the first team and that’s the next step for me.”

Unfortunately for Waghorn, he picked up a shoulder injury, which ruled him out for a few weeks, with his eyes set on a return before Christmas.

However, on his comeback to training, the striker then picked up a calf injury which would set him back another four weeks.

“It was really annoying to be honest because I got the all clear on my should injury, earlier than I actually thought I would, so that was good news.

“But then coming back I tweaked my calf which is really annoying, but I guess it’s one of those things, you have to live with it and just work hard to get back.”

During the festive period the Sky Blue saw three games postponed due to an outbreak in Covid at the sides they were set to come up against.

From a selfish point of view, those three postponements meant that Waghorn missed less football than he thought he was going to.

“Selfishly it actually helped me because I didn’t miss too many games, so hopefully I can now get going and help play my part from now until the end of the season.

“We’re on a little run now and we want to keep that going because over Christmas we didn’t pick up as many wins as we would have liked and there were disruptions with Covid and injuries, so it kind of ruined our flow but now we’ve got back to back wins, we just want to keep that run going.”

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