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Mottley-Henry: "I'm pleased to be back playing."

30 January 2019

After making his return from injury on Monday evening, Dylan Mottley-Henry is keen to get more game time his belt and kick on once more.

The winger completed 60 minutes as Martin Devaney’s U23s drew 3-3 with Hull City in the Professional Development League – the first time the 21-year-old has been on the field since the start of December.

“I’m pleased to be back playing; it’s been a rough two months, psychologically, trying to get my head around the injury,” admitted Mottley-Henry. “But I’m back now and hopefully I can get some results for the club.

“It’s been really hard; I’ve had a lot of injuries since I’ve been with the club and it’s been really unfortunate. I had the hernia a year ago and then the hamstring injury, but I’m constantly working to get my fitness up and against Hull I got 60 minutes so I feel good now.”

Mottley-Henry struck up a dangerous partnership with full-back Jordan Williams at the Roy West Centre and proved to be a thorn in the Tigers’ side all evening with a number of probing runs.

However, two months without a game understandably took its toll on the pacey winger, who is gradually working his way back to full fitness.

“When I got to the hour mark I started feeling my legs a bit – I tried managing myself throughout the game by trying to keep it simple and get a feel for playing football again,” continued Mottley-Henry. “After two months out, you lose a bit of fitness so it’s all about building it up and I think I managed it really well.

“The pitch wasn’t great; it was a bit bobbly and boggy, but I go with the saying ‘no excuses’ because I’ve seen Tottenham play on a bad pitch against Tranmere and do really well. I’m still working on everything – my touches, trying to get sharp again and get back to myself.”

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