Ireland striker Seán Maguire says he needs to learn how to look after his body as he plans his latest recovery from injury.
Maguire came off the bench for Preston in last week’s FA Cup loss at home to Doncaster, his first appearance in eight weeks as he was sidelined by a hamstring problem as he was also absent for the first three months of the season with the same injury. And the ex-Cork City man, who has started just three of his club’s 26 league games this season, admits he has to be more careful.
“It is about managing myself,” he says. “Whether that’s assessing my training load or getting in the gym and doing my strength work, it is about being patient. I haven’t been probably fully match fit since before my first hamstring injury.
“I have to be smarter – I am 24 years of age now, I have been in the professional game since I was 18, so when I wake up in the morning I have to think ‘is it a good day to train’. It is a case of thinking logically about it and hopefully I have turned a corner and it is a fresh start with the new year and I can kick on.”