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RECOVERING DONALDSON BACK IN THE FOLD

11 December 2019

Recovering Clayton Donaldson has expressed his delight at being back in and around his Bantams team-mates.

The Bradford-born striker has been unable to train since sustaining a foot injury in City’s 2-1 victory over Morecambe on October 12.

However Donaldson - now back on the scene at the club's Woodhouse Grove training base - is looking forward to working his way back into contention. 

He said: “The past week has been really good. It feels great to be back in and around the lads and the staff at the training ground.

“I have hardly been able to do anything for around seven weeks, so it is a massive relief.

“Anyone I know will tell you I am not really ever injured, so it has been a big learning curve.

“The fitness is getting better. I am obviously a fair way off full fitness but have been stepping it up slowly, with a lot of gym work.

“I am getting better every day and had a bit of a head-start by performing a lot better when I first came back - in terms of fitness - than I expected to.

“The strength of my toe is almost equal to that of my rest toe, now. I think once I have the full range of motion there, again, it will just be a case of getting back out on the grass and getting back up to speed.

“The physios have been great and there has been no reaction to the work I have done - which might have pushed me back. So that is great.

“I am enjoying myself and cannot wait to be involved in full training, again.”

Donaldson is hoping his return to Apperley Bridge can inspire his team-mates on the field. 

The 35-year-old carries a wealth of experience which he believes has benefited the side - over the past week.

The former Hull City man added: “I have been in football a long time so know how much of an impact having big characters around the training ground can make.

“I am an experienced member of the squad and it is important, while I cannot play, to support and encourage the lads as much as possible, by passing on the experience I have.

“I tried to boost the morale of the lads, a little bit, after a few disappointing results. No one likes to lose so, as you can imagine, there was a feeling of disappointment.

“My job, since coming back in, has been to pick the boys back up and get them going again.

“To be able to help my team-mates in different situations has been great for me, and for them.

“Everyone has been great. Gary (Bowyer) and the coaching staff have been in regular contact, which has helped massively.

“It is very frustrating having to keep up with things and catch up with the boys on your phone, so I am over the moon to be back.”


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