Midfielder makes his comebackAfter a heart breaking summer which saw injury rule Danny Williams out of the World Cup and the start of the Championship season, the Royals midfielder is in determined mood after returning to first team action at Ewood Park.
The American international came off the bench in Lancashire and received a top reception from the travelling support, and has now set his sights on helping his team head up the league table.
“It’s been a frustrating six months, I’ve worked hard in my rehab time and it’s great to be back,” said Williams.
“When you’re injured it’s the worst part. I missed the World Cup and it hurt, you come in early, you leave late, it’s frustrating – people don’t see that. Everybody who knows me knows I love the game, I love football. I love to be on the pitch with the fans screaming and shouting. I want to be on there fighting for my teammates and fighting for the club. I have to be patient to not do too much, I don’t want to overload the knee as you never know after surgery how it goes.”
As a player who is effective in both boxes, the 25-year-old will hope to sure up a side that by their own admission have not been consistent enough in the defensive part of their game.
“We can always score one, two, three goals – but it’s about not conceding goals. We cannot always expect our strikers to score our way out of trouble, the most important thing is to keep a clean sheet, and we keep saying this to ourselves. We are doing it in the training sessions but can’t replicate it on the pitch when it counts. I’ve been in worse situations than this, we can turn it around.”