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Jlloyd - Had To Fight For Career

Blinking eck, Jlloyd Samuel hasn't 'just' been recovering from an injury, he has been fighting for his career.

The left-back was worried he'd never play again after he burst a vessel in his thigh.

Having returned to full fitness, he told the official site:

'When I didn't reach my first target, the physios looked into it. I then remember the doctor saying that he had never seen anything like it. At that stage, all I was thinking was: 'Will I ever get fit again? Will I ever play? It certainly crossed my mind that I might not. It was a torn thigh muscle but I had busted a vein. I had a haematoma drained twice, but it kept filling up with blood. After six weeks of that, all I could ask myself was: 'What is going on?' I was at 'square one' all the time.'

Adding 'I tried to stay positive, but all the time the physios couldn't give me a date when I could step things up. Looking back I think I was fortunate in that it could have been worse. But it was a totally strange position to be in because I had not been injured really in my career before. It took 11 or 12 weeks in the end for an injury that was initially going to be no more than two. To think I played on with it against Reading for some time. I thought it was just a kick. The adrenalin just takes over.'

Martin O'Neill has recently said he is watching the player to assess whether to offer him a new contract: Jlloyd Samuel Needs To Prove Worth and Jlloyd says he would like to stay despite the fact he can talk to other clubs in January as his contract ends next summer.

He told the Birmingham Mail: 'The contract thing has not crossed my mind, to be honest. I'm not worried by how long I have left. The only thing that has been on my mind over the last few months has been playing again.'

'I have not spoken to him (MON) yet, but I will look forward to it. But any contract has to be right for me and my family. I've been here for eight or nine years now - exactly the same as Gareth Barry. I've seen a lot of changes in that time, that's for sure. I would like to stay. But we will have to wait and see.'




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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 7 2006

Time: 11:48AM

Your Comments

Aha, reading between the lines he knows what GB is getting and wants a similar deal for himself. Doubt if that is gonna happen, certainly not worth half the money GB gets.
jonah
Strange 12 - 18 months ago Barry was being criticised as not good enough, lazy, slow, etc. Perhaps JLloyd should be given more of a chance by some
Gordonsleftboot
Let's get him fit again and hopefully M will let him get 5 or 6 Prem. games under his belt, get him back "on-track" and unleash the immense talent that he has. We certainly need players of his quality providing they will give 110% every game.
villacross
I hope he does get fit, comes back and plays out of his socks and proves me wrong. I think he has got it in him, I remember the league cup game against Chelsea a couple of years ago (when JPA scored that cracker at the North stand end). Jlloyd had Duff in his pocket that night, best I have ever seen him play. If he can produce form like that again I will be well chuffed
jonah
Duff in his pocket?..sounds a bit rude, you know what I mean ;-)
jonah
I wish the guy well. He lost confidence, and any semblance of form completely went out of the window. Became the target of the boo-boys, and it was all downhill fast. There's a good footballer in there though. He hasn't simply turned into a poor player overnight.
glensider
Jlloyd isnt fit to lace Barry's boots. Didnt realise his injury was so bad but is that really an excuse for not being able to pass 3 yards?
DeanoVilla
He has had endless chances. His inconsistent application and poor attitude is not wanted.
stennyvilla
Whatever happened to a clean slate with MON and every player should have the oportunity to prove themselves????? If my memory serves me well a lot of the players we are now cheering for, did not play well under whatsisname, give the boy a fair crack of the whip, he might just surprise us. UTV
steff_the_villan
He'll probably move on come seasons end. He needs a fresh start somewhere.
glensider
 

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