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MARCH DELIGHTED WITH FIRST-TEAM RETURN

8 November 2016

The Albion winger was pleased to return from injury.


Brighton & Hove Albion winger Solly March was delighted to return in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Bristol City, following almost 11 months without first-team action due to injury.

The 22-year-old replaced Jiri Skalak in the closing stages at Ashton Gate, to make his first appearance since damaging knee ligaments against Derby County in December last year.

March admitted his return to fitness has been a tough journey, but expressed his happiness at making his first appearance for the Seagulls this season.

He said, “I’m delighted. I’ve waited 11 months for that, so it was obviously nice to get back out there and get a feel for it again.

“The last two months have been the most frustrating, because obviously I’ve felt fit but had a few little hiccups here and there with a shin problem.

“I’ve been in the gym for nine months, so I’d like to think I’ve got stronger, but it’s been a very long road and it’s great to be back.”

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March featured for Albion’s under-23 side in the lead up to his first-team return, and the winger understands the importance of gradually building up his fitness to reach the levels expected.

“It’s a tough injury to come back from and puts doubt into your head, so it’s probably more the mental side that makes it hard.

“But it’ll take time to build confidence up and get back to where I was. I’ve still got a lot of work to do, but hopefully I’ll get some more game time with the under-23s.

“There’s a long way to go; I’ve got to get back to full fitness and play a few more games, and hopefully with those minutes I’ll be able to push for starts in the first team.”

Albion stretched their unbeaten run to ten games against the Robins, and March praised the team for their third consecutive away win.

“It was a great performance, especially in the first half. Siddy’s [Steve Sidwell] goal was unbelievable and nobody saw it coming on his weak foot.

“It was a great away performance from everybody, so I couldn’t be any happier with getting the three points.”

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