Sheffield United star Paul Coutts has insisted he has no doubts he will come back stronger from the broken leg he suffered last season.
The midfielder suffered a broken tibia back in November 2017, an injury that ended his season as the Blades went onto finish just outside the play-offs.
As with most injuries of Coutts’ severity, there have been fears that the Scot will not return back to full fitness both mentally and physically, something that would be a major blow to the Blades as he is one of the most vital players in the team.
However, the 29-year-old is apparently set to feature in United’s pre-season programme ahead of the new season, and Coutts said: “It can sometimes take a bit of time to get back into a rhythm, but I feel more comfortable now coming back from injury than when I was younger.
“I know what’s expected of me now and my role in the team is more settled, rather than playing right-wing or more narrow. I’m more comfortable than ever with my game, which will help me come back.
“In terms of the actual injury itself, it doesn’t really bother me. I know my body and I wouldn’t be allowed out on the training ground until it’s completely safe, so there’s no risk involved. The bone will be stronger, it’s just a case of getting back up to the level I was at before.
“That’s what I’m focusing on now but as I say, I’m more comfortable doing that now. I have experience under my belt, a manager who trusts me and who I trust, and a role I am comfortable and familiar with.
“I know from experience that you can get left behind when you get a bad injury, but I’ve been quite lucky with the support I’ve had from the fans, the manager and my teammates. ”
[Quotes sourced via the Star]