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Paul Coutts vows to come back stronger

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]