Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Pascal Gross is eager to consign a frustrating spell out through injury to the past, and is ready to embrace a hectic run of festive fixtures.
Gross made a return from an ankle injury in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City last Saturday, and expressed his gratitude to everyone at the club following his return to fitness.
He said, “An injury is not nice for any footballer, but now I’m happy to be back and I feel very good and am looking forward to a busy time.
“It’s the first time that I couldn’t play because of an injury. It was an ankle injury and I needed time for the ligament to heal, but now I feel very good and looking forward to it.
“It was perfect with the club - everybody worked together, including me as a player and the medical staff. It was very good and I’m very thankful now that I’m fit.”
Albion face a trip to the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday, and the midfielder is looking to facing some familiar faces in West Yorkshire.
“I know some of the players; I think they’re doing a good job and are also fighting to stay in the league.
“It’s a very good team with a plan, they believe in it and stick to a same style of play. They do good work and it’s tough to go there, and we have to be better prepared than last year.
“I know some of them like [Elias] Kachunga, [Florent] Hadergjonaj, and I’ve also played against some of the other German players. I know they like to play high intensity football and to make it hard for every team. We know this, but we have to be well prepared.”
Saturday’s game kick-starts a period of three games in the space of eight days, but Gross is not looking too far ahead.
“We can achieve nine points this week, and we want to take as many of those points as possible. It’s a big week, but we’re just thinking about the next game.
“Every game is difficult, but it’s also difficult for the teams that play against us too. We have to take it game by game, and Huddersfield is the next one.”