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Coventry ace Deegan aims to stay injury-free

GARY DEEGAN hopes for a long run in the Coventry City side after ending a nightmare spell out due to injury.

The former Bohemians and Galway United man made his first appearance of the season in the midweek draw with Blackpool, where Deegan scored the equaliser, and he hopes his injury problems are behind him as Deegan has played just twice in the last season and a half.

"It has been hard but I stayed positive and worked hard to get back, and the manager has helped me by telling me not to let my head drop," says Deegan.

"And it was great to be out there again because the fans gave me a really nice reception. I couldn't have asked for a better start and now I want to build on that.

"It is going to take a while to blow the cobwebs away but I am a fit lad generally so I don't think I need too much more fitness work. I just need match time and a good run in the team," added Deegan, who was delighted with his midweek goal.

"I had all my family in the stand from Ireland and I ran off to them because that's the first time they have seen me play over here.

"The manager had just told me to feel my way into the game, get a few touches and do what I normally do, so to get a goal was great."