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Leonard looking to lend weight after return

Lenny on his comeback from a long-term injury...

14 February 2020

Ryan Leonard returned to action after four months out on Wednesday night against Fulham.

The midfielder, who had been out of action since the 2-1 victory over Leeds United at The Den in early October, was introduced to the midweek London derby, finely balanced at 1-1, with 13 minutes remaining.

Speaking to millwallfc.co.uk after the final whistle, the 27-year-old stated his delight at finding himself back in the matchday squad.

"I was pleased. I played in a reserve game on Monday, so it was nice to get some minutes and get back involved," he said. "That was the first aim for me, to get back into the squad.

"It was a tough game to come into, to be fair. It was a tight game, although they were a little bit on top at the time. We wanted to try and pack the midfield a bit and stop them playing with the ball, and also to get us up the pitch and press a bit higher.

"I think both teams could have nicked it at the end, but a point was a fair result."

The road to recovery was a long slog for Leonard - the midfielder was set for a return pre-Christmas, but unfortunately suffered a setback shortly before his scheduled return to training.

"It's horrible - not enjoyable," he said when talking about the stages of and mental strength needed to overcome the recovery period. "Most people don't see it, they just come to the games and support the lads, but day-to-day it hasn't been easy. There's been gym work and work with the physio and the fitness coaches. I had a bit of a setback as well, so I was out double the time I was supposed to be.

"Mentally, the biggest thing for me is getting back out there. It was hard watching the games sitting behind the dugout, that's not an easy thing to do, so it's nice to be on the other side of things again now."

Watch the full interview with Ryan Leonard above as the midfielder looks ahead to this Saturday's trip to Preston North End.


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