Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pawel Eager to Get Back on Goal Trail; Quakers Notes

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pawel Eager to Get Back on Goal Trail; Quakers Notes

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Byline: By ANDREW WILKINSON

PAWEL Abbott is ready to get back on the goal trail and boost Darlington's promotion bid.

The pounds 100,000 summer signing from Swansea banged in four goals before a knee injury struck as he warmed up for the home game with Peterborough at the end of September.

But, after six frustrating weeks on the sidelines, he is now back in the groove with three appearances as a substitute under his belt.

"I am feeling quite sharp considering I have been out for so long," he said. "It's one thing doing running in training, but you only get full fitness and sharpness from playing games.

"I feel 100% pain free which is a big relief, and now I can focus on trying to get back in the side and score goals.

"I was told the injury was caused by over use. I missed part of pre-season training, so was not as fit as I would have liked to be even before the knee injury.

"I did so much running to try and get fit that I damaged the knee. But I have rested it, then had a cortisone injection, so it's fine now.

"The trouble is that you want to rush back and play again as quickly as possible, but that's not always wise."

Abbott, 25, has already rattled in 64 league goals in his career and, while he would love to return to the starting line-up to give him the best chance of boosting that tally, he shares the squad ethic.

"The main thing is how the team does, and while I have been put the lads have done well," he said.

"We are well placed in the league, and I can't take it fore-granted that I will get straight back in the team. I know I will have to keep working hard."

Gregg Blundell, who stepped in for Abbott, has notched four goals, and was the side's star man in last weekend's 2-0 win at Brentford.

With a string of games under his belt, Blundell is sharp, match fit and confident. …

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