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Fuller: Good To Be Back

21 February 2014

Striker Targets Return To Form

Ricardo Fuller is aiming to put a frustrating time with injury behind him and get back to his best form in a Blackpool shirt.

The Jamaican striker, who has four goals for the season, returned off the bench against Ipswich Town last weekend following a stint on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.

"It was very good because I wasn't feeling too well with picking up the second hamstring pull on the same leg," he said of his appearance at Portman Road. "It was definitely a good feeling and I obviously had the chance to try and nick the game and make a difference, but it was a good feeling for me in general."

Fuller's recent hamstring problem came on the back of an immediate return to first-team action from his previous one, which saw the 34-year-old play a large part in three consecutive matches.

"That was way, way, way too much and that's what caused my second hamstring pull," he revealed. "This time around I said I wouldn't rush it and when I come back I won't be forced into playing 90 minutes or anything over 45 minutes for the first game. I'd rather ease myself in rather than jump straight in at 90 minutes or 75 minutes.

"One hamstring problem was five weeks and another one was another five weeks so basically you're looking at two-and-a-half months that have gone. I obviously joined late and I was really starting to get going when the first injury happened."

Without victory since Fuller last scored for Blackpool, his return is a huge boost as The Seasiders look to put an end to a difficult run of form.  

"We can't do nothing to bring them back," he said of previous results. "What we have to do now is think about the games to come and hopefully do the best we can and work as hard as we can to make sure we take a positive result."

Two promising performances against Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town have helped the team turn a corner somewhat, with Barry Ferguson looking to get the best out of the players in training, as well as on the pitch.   

"It's been very good. I like intense training - I'm used to that - and personally for me it gets me going very, very well in terms of my touches, my pace, my sharpness. We had that under Paul and we were doing very well at the time and now Barry has taken over and, for me, he is doing very well. The training sessions every day have been spot on," he added.


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