The Republic of Ireland international was ruled out with a quad injury before making her return in the 1-0 win against Liverpool, and she has spoken about the incredible support network available to everyone in the squad.
She said, “After just coming back from an injury, I’ll do whatever I can to help the team. It was tough being injured and it was one of those injuries where you had to take your time.
“Once I got the time frame, it was a case of taking it day by day and even when I felt good I had to accept that I may not be ready just yet.
“It’s great being back but I’m trying not to overdo it.
“We’re a very close team in the sense that we all help each other. Whether you’re injured or not, you always feel a part of the side. It’s tough not being involved on the pitch but when everyone is there supporting you it makes it easier.”
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Albion were beaten 4-0 the last time they visited Manchester United in a Super League match, and Connolly says they will be looking to right those wrongs when the teams meet again tonight in the quarter-finals of the Continental Cup.
“We weren’t near the levels we can play at in that game and we've had ups and downs throughout the season, but I think we have grown as a team in that time," added Connolly.
“We’ve started the year well and it’s a case of building on the training sessions we’ve had. We know the league game against Man United is not how we want to play - they were better than us that day.
“They don’t look like a team that’s just come up, it looked as if they had been in this league for years. But teams like Manchester United push us to improve, and we want to be able to beat teams like that.”