Albion's defender is close to returning to action.
Brighton & Hove Albion defender Uwe Huenemeier is pleased to be back in training after months of frustration on the sidelines with a groin problem.
The German defender is nearing the end of his recovery and is hopeful of laying his injury troubles to rest, following a long spell out of action.
He said, “It’s feeling really good [groin], the best in a long time. It’s been a long journey for me with several setbacks, but hopefully I’ll be back very soon.
“I was initially training with the under-23s, doing some warming up, passing drills and possession games. It was a good feeling, but, of course, it was a tough time training with the senior squad again.
“I was really excited and also a bit nervous, because I hadn’t trained in a long time. I’d never had such a bad injury before but it was a nice feeling to be back."
The centre-back hasn’t featured since leaving the pitch injured in Albion’s 3-0 defeat at home to Middlesbrough in December 2015.
Huenemeier explained the details of his injury, and although keen to return to action, he understands the importance of not rushing back too soon.
“At first it was a partial avulsion of one of my adductor muscles. I went to a specialist in London, had surgery and then came close to first-team training, before another setback.
“We did a lot of work for my groin and for my core. I’ve been pushed really hard and it’s been really tough for me, but in the end it has all worked out and I’m really pleased with that.
“I would like to be back as soon as possible, but I was out for eight months and although now fully training, I still need to be careful and continue with my exercises.”
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The 30-year-old looked ahead to the rest of this season and believes his team can channel their disappointment from the last campaign and go one better this time around.
“It was disappointing for me to sit on the sidelines and see the boys doing really well. We came so close to the Premier League.
“We have to see last season as a motivation. It was a tough experience for the boys, but on the other hand, it’s another chance to use the disappointment as motivation.
“It will be tough to do the same, but now the expectations are higher and we are ready for that. We have high expectations of ourselves and we have to prove that.
“We’re looking forward; the squad is looking really good and everybody is in a good mood.”