Date: 31st December 2015 at 6:14pm
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Andrew Crofts has been talking of his delight at being back in the first team fold now following his long term injury lay off.

Having made his third start of the season following injury in the Tuesday night defeat to Ipswich Town, Crofts explained that he was feeling better with every passing week now and feeling stronger, and now starting to get 90 minutes under his belt can only help him kick on even further.

Speaking to the Official Site he explained.

‘It`s been a long road and an absolute graft to get to this point. It`s something that I embraced and a challenge that I`ve overcome. There`s still a long way to go and a lot of hard work to do, but that was my tenth appearance of the season and I want to build on that. I thought that I was going to be out for six weeks and it ended up being a year. That was the hardest bit not knowing and then coming round after the surgery and realising what I had done. The first few days I was inconsolable, but I`m a positive guy and a fighter and I thought it was a challenge I`ve got to embrace.’

With Solly March having long term injury worries of his own now, Crofts had sympathy but admitted he’d see it through and be fine but it is sod’s law that injuries like that come along when a player is on fire in terms of their form.

‘Solly is going to be fine. It typically happens when you`re on absolute fire. I was loving my football and in a great routine before the injury. Solly was the same, he was on fire and in real good form. He`s a youngster and this will probably make him a better player because he`ll appreciate the game more. I`ll be there to help him every step of the way because he`s a great guy and I love him to bits.’

With the 31 year old now looking for a return to the Premiership given Brighton’s form so far this year, he’s also hoping to sneak himself in to the Welsh squad ahead of next summer’s European Championship Finals in France if he can.

‘When I did the injury the second time, I had aims and goals. The Wales boys have done unbelievably well to qualify and watching that just gave me a real buzz. It gave me a feeling that if I have a good season, I could be involved. He`s (Chris Coleman) has been in contact and watched a few of my games. Hopefully if we can keep challenging at the right end of the table it will help me. It`s a definite target of mine. First and foremost, I`d love to get promoted here at the Albion. That`s what I`ve come back here to do. It`s a long way to go, but we`ve got every chance and if that goes through, then yes I`d love to get on the bus.’

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