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INTERVIEW: Kasey Palmer on return to fitness, breaking back in and Leeds United

The midfielder made his return against Southampton...

15 December 2023

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Kasey Palmer on return to fitness, breaking back in and Leeds United

The midfielder made his return against Southampton...

15 December 2023

Kasey Palmer made his return to action last time out against Southampton, marking his first appearance in over three months.

Palmer had been on the sidelines with a groin injury, which had kept him out since City’s trip to Cardiff.

The midfielder is now looking to build his match fitness back up and get himself back in the starting eleven, as City take on Leeds United this weekend.

 

Coming on against Southampton and current fitness…

“Buzzing to be back again. It was frustrating getting injured at the time I got the injury.

“So now I'm just happy to be back on the pitch and hopefully you can contribute to the good form that we've picked up.

“Just happy to get on the pitch after missing so many games and obviously we've we picked up our form.

“I was happy to be back and hopefully we can keep the form that we've picked up, going and pick up as many points over Christmas as possible.

“I’m fully fit and obviously I’ve just got to try and get back in the team now which is going to be the next problem to get in and hopefully I can keep knocking the door when I get the opportunity from the Gaffer.”

 

Everyone back from injury and competition for places…

“It’s better for everyone and It's better for the people that are in the team and It's better for the subs.

“It adds competition to the squad, obviously, Callum's come back and he's doing well and he's flying after what was a tough ten months for him so it's great to see him back on the pitch. We all know what he's capable of and he's starting to show that level now and there’s still more to come, which is good.

“Then Tatsu is exciting and he gets off your seat when you're watching and really we’ve got a lot of exciting players and I think once everything starts to come together we will be a real force.”

 

Getting back on the pitch from the off…

“We'll see what the Gaffer does but hopefully I can get in the team ASAP, but I suppose he's going to want to manage me and take it easy bringing me back from a long injury.

“I’ve just got to be respectful of what the Gaffer does, but at the same time I’ve got to keep trying to do what I can to get in the team because I want to start games and I don't want to be on the bench.”

 

Coming up against Leeds United

“We're excited and obviously Leeds are doing really well but we don’t fear anyone or anyone we've played against.

“We've given a good game to everyone we’ve played, and we could have won any of the games against the teams that are in the top six at the minute.

“I think teams will fear us with the players that we've got and the squad depth that that we've got with different options.

“Obviously, we've got to be respectful to Leeds, they've got a lot of top players that are Premier League players, but at the same time we know what we can bring.”

 

Where he fits in with the new formation…

“I've had a few conversations of the coaching staff about that. Obviously, the obvious one would be where Callum is playing in number 10 position as people would say, or probably off the left or the right coming inside would be the two or three positions that I could probably play in that shape.

“But obviously, it’s wherever the Gaffer sees me, I know if he brings me on or starts me it would be where I would play, so I’m happy with any.”

 

Potential of playing alongside Callum O’Hare…

“We’ve spoke about that quite a few times, but the way his injuries on my injuries have fell, we've never really been fully fit or on fire at the same time, so hopefully, the next few months, we could both get to the stage where we're both on the pitch at the same time.

“We train together so we know what we can bring to each other's game and we know how each other play, so we'd like to actually be on the pitch together.

“Hopefully it comes to the stage where we're both on the pitch at the same time, and I think that would be quite exciting for me to play with him Because I know we can do together in terms of creating chances and scoring goals.”

 

 


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