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INTERVIEW: Riccardo Di Trolio on Ipswich defeat, injury recovery and first-team training experience

5 September 2023

Riccardo Di Trolio has set his targets for the remainder of the season after continuing his fightback from an injury sustained during pre-season.

The young defender, who joined the Club back in January, spent much of the summer training with the first team group at the Sky Blue Lodge but was struck with an injury mid-way through the Club's pre-season tour in Portugal. 

Now back form injury, Di Trolio is playing regular Under-21s football but was unable to prevent his side from falling to a 3-0 defeat on Tuesday afternoon, away at Ipswich.

Riccardo, your thoughts on that one today?

It was a tough game, definitely. We didn't start off great, too sloppy guys. We'll see. But I think, at the end, we put in the work but just didn't come away with the results today.

Do you think that's where the game has lost, in that first half?

Not necessarily. I think I think we'd let ourselves down to concede two sloppy goals but the work just wasn't there at the end, and in the heat. It's not an excuse, but it has an effect on both teams and we just didn't work hard enough off the ball.

How tough was it in those nearly 30-degree conditions? 

Yeah, it was tough. You feel it as we're warming up. It's a lot on your body, yeah.

How have you found the first two months since you've been at the Club?

The boys have welcomed me, and John [Dempster] and Chris [Allen] have welcomed me as well, and I'm enjoying my football here. It was nice to be taking part in first-team training too. That was a great experience for me. I wasn't expecting it but I was happy to be there on tour too, and it was a great experience.

I enjoyed playing with top players, you know. You learn a lot and you learn off the best, and that's where you want to be at the end of the day.

The injury came at a difficult time, while you were away on tour and looking to impress. How tough was that and how is it now?

It was really tough, but I think I kept my faith. I stayed strong and obviously to be out here now is a blessing. I'm very happy with myself. I think now I just want to get my head down, keep working hard, keep playing games and see where it leads.

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