Date: 22nd August 2016 at 1:12pm
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Centre half Uwe Huenemeier has spoken of his delight at being back in training following months on the sidelines with a groin injury.

Having last featured for Brighton back in December 2015 in the three nil home defeat to Middlesbrough, the German has been out since with his problem, but last week ahead of the Reading game, he did return to light training as he builds himself up again, and speaking to the Official Site he spoke about relishing his return to action.

‘It`s feeling really good, the best in a long time. It`s been a long journey for me with several setbacks, but hopefully I`ll be back very soon. I was initially training with the under-23s, doing some warming up, passing drills and possession games. It was a good feeling, but, of course, it was a tough time training with the senior squad again. I was really excited and also a bit nervous, because I hadn`t trained in a long time. I`d never had such a bad injury before but it was a nice feeling to be back.’

With such a long spell out, he knows he can’t rush back to action too soon though as he has to build himself up sensibly, but he did explain about the injury.

‘At first it was a partial avulsion of one of my adductor muscles. I went to a specialist in London, had surgery and then came close to first-team training, before another setback. We did a lot of work for my groin and for my core. I`ve been pushed really hard and it`s been really tough for me, but in the end it has all worked out and I`m really pleased with that. I would like to be back as soon as possible, but I was out for eight months and although now fully training, I still need to be careful and continue with my exercises.’

The 30 year old also spoke about the double promotion disappointment last year, and how everybody at the club was trying to use that disappointment as a motivation to go one better in 2016/17.

‘It was disappointing for me to sit on the sidelines and see the boys doing really well. We came so close to the Premier League. We have to see last season as a motivation. It was a tough experience for the boys, but on the other hand, it`s another chance to use the disappointment as motivation. It will be tough to do the same, but now the expectations are higher and we are ready for that. We have high expectations of ourselves and we have to prove that. We`re looking forward; the squad is looking really good and everybody is in a good mood.’

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