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"I've been itching to get back for a very long time"

Callum Harriott on his goalscoring return from injury

2 January 2019

Callum Harriott spoke of the bittersweet feeling of making his long-awaited first team return from injury, given the situation in which he entered the pitch on New Year's Day.


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Harriott came off the bench in the second half to play his first match for the first team this season - almost two calendar years after his last.

He has been on a long road to recovery with his injuries, but has been gaining match fitness by making seven appearances for our Under-23s in the past couple of months.

The winger scored five minutes after entering play, but it was to be a consolation as Swansea ran out 4-1 winners against the Royals in RG2 on Tuesday.

On the result against the Swans, Harriott said: "We're very disappointed. From the start of the game I don't think we started with the energy we should have had - it happens in this game, when you start badly you get punished.

"In the second half, I thought we showed a bit of character. I was obviously happy to get my goal - it's been a long time, but overall we're disappointed about the game.

"I've been itching to get back for a very long time. I was wanting to get on, I was happy that I did, and luckily I got a goal."

With such a long absence from the game, Harriott spoke of his happiness at finally being able to show what he can do at Madejski Stadium again.

With 20 games remaining in the Championship campaign, he hopes to have the opportunity to make his mark in the team and contribute to the Royals' survival push.

"It's a feeling that I've missed, I've been working hard to get back to this position," he continued.

"To get a goal into the new year, that's something special for me. For Under-23 games it's about getting your fitness back up, I feel that I did that, I worked hard professionally and here I am.

"I want to play in as many games as I can, all I can do is work hard every day and see what happens."


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