Dele-Bashiru Excited To Be Playing Again After Lengthy Injury Layoff

August 17, 2021
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Tom Dele-Bashiru is delighted to be playing football again following a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Completesports.com reports.

The Nigerian midfielder picked up an ACL injury on his Premier League debut for Watford last year and only returned to action this summer.

The midfielder, who joined Sky Bet Championship club Reading on a season-long deal last week was named in the matchday squad against Preston North End on Saturday.

“It is a great feeling to be back playing again,” Dele-Bashiru told the club’s official website.

“The ten months when I was out with injury were really difficult, so I’m over the moon to be back playing.

“It has taught me many things – about how to recover from setbacks, and how to keep your mental state clear as well. It is quite difficult with an injury like that but I’ve learnt a lot.

“Now I’m really happy to be back playing. I’ve been enjoying it, trying to get my fitness up – but I’m feeling good!”

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Dele-Bashiru also discussed his recent arrival at Reading.

“It’s a great feeling, and I’m really excited to be here,”he added.

“I’ve had a tough ten months with my injuries… I’m just excited to show everyone what I can do, and being out there doing what I love.

“I heard of the interest from Reading during the week, a few days before. Then the move happened really quickly. There was interest, and I was excited to be able to come here and play – because I know Reading play good football.

“The manager has spoken to me about the way he wants to play – possession football and to enjoy the game.

“I’m an attacking midfielder – I like to dribble with the ball, drive forward, create chances. And to chip in with a few goals as well!”

He will hope to make his bow for the Royals against Bristol City on Tuesday (today).

By Adeboye Amosu

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