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Duckworth speaks on his road to recovery

26th November 2020

York City right back Michael Duckworth is hoping to put his recent injury behind him and help the Minstermen push on in their quest for promotion.

The vastly experienced defender has been sidelined with a hamstring problem sustained against Chorley early last month but has only missed a handful of games due to the Covid-19 fixture postponements.

As the hectic Christmas period approaches, he believes he’s on the cusp of a return to Steve Watson’s squad and can’t wait to get playing again.

“The injury came at a lucky time for me in a way, with the postponements, but I’m looking forward to getting back to it now,” he said.

“I’ve been keeping active at home as best as I could, training with weights and strengthening the muscle.

“Now it’s just about biding my time and hopefully I’ll be fully fit within the next couple of weeks.”

Duckworth’s career has come full circle, the composed characters journey as a footballer started at City as a 10-year-old and he now finds himself back at his hometown club after rejoining in the summer.

He said: “This is the perfect place for me to settle now, I’ve got a young family and I’m surrounded by a close circle of friends in a city that I love.

“I want to teach my little lad who’s nearly two years old how to kick a ball and living here is the best place for us.

“All I want to do is play football, I always have done, and I probably always will.

“Getting this injury so soon into the season was a bit frustrating but it’s something I’ve had to overcome in the past and it’s just part of the game.”

Two positive Covid-19 tests in the space of a few weeks for City has caused delays to a season already playing catch-up due to the domino effect of the virus on the sports industry.

Something that Duckworth feels has challenged his recovery process.

“It’s been a bit stop-start due to the two periods of self-isolation, however we returned to training yesterday so now I’m looking to push on and hopefully the team can do the same”, he said.

“With the players we have, and the backroom staff too there is no reason we shouldn’t be pushing for promotion come the end of the season.

“We’ve just got to take each game in our stride, and I’m excited to show the City fans what I’m capable of when I’m back from injury.”



Article by Alfie Douglass.

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