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INTERVIEW: Callum O'Hare on injury progress and his U21s outing

The Sky Blues midfielder made his return to action on Tuesday, for the club's U21s side...

19 October 2022

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Callum O'Hare on injury progress and his U21s outing

The Sky Blues midfielder made his return to action on Tuesday, for the club's U21s side...

19 October 2022

Sky Blues midfielder Callum O'Hare says he is "raring to go" after returning to the field for the club's Under-21s side on Tuesday afternoon.

O'Hare was chosen to start against Burnley U21s at the Alan Higgs Centre alongside captain Liam Kelly in midfield.

He left the field at the interval having banked his first minutes of match action since pre-season, as his side fell to a 3-1 defeat.

Discussing his journey back to action, and his outing for John Dempster's side, O'Hare said:

On his return to action, for Sky Blues U21s...

"It was unreal to be back on the pitch playing. The result wasn't the best but, for me, it was all about the minutes.

"I have been training for a week now and today I got my first half in, a whole 45 minutes, so I am raring to go.

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"I wanted to play. I needed the minutes. There is nothing like playing a match. I know the tempo is different playing with the Under-21s but I was very happy to play and I am glad I did.

"Training is different. We try to train with a really high tempo but it is completely different to get into a match scenario. I wanted to get minutes today and I am glad I did."

On when he is hoping to return to action...

"I am aiming to get on the pitch [with the first team] as soon as possible, but it all depends on what the Gaffer and the Club's medical staff say.

"I will be sticking to their plan and I am looking to keep progressing nicely.

"It's been a long time. It is all I have been thinking about for three months. 

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"I can't wait to put the shirt on, really. I love football so much, so the be back playing it - I'm buzzing!"

On his aims between now and the World Cup break...

"It's selfish but I was happy to see games getting cancelled, it means more games for me!

"Obviously, it wasn't great for the team because the boys could not get into a rhythm. But there are more games for me to play now.

"I want to get back into the team before the World Cup break, and get my rhythm, and then kick on from there.

"Anybody who knows me knows how much I love football. Not playing games has been stressful. To be back out there on Tuesday, I am buzzing."

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