‘I’m looking forward to getting back to full strength’ – Aston Villa’s Gielnik on injury struggles | OneFootball

‘I’m looking forward to getting back to full strength’ – Aston Villa’s Gielnik on injury struggles

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Aston Villa forward Emily Gielnik says that she is looking forward to returning to full fitness after suffering an injury-hit start to life in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

The 29-year-old joined Aston Villa in the summer but she sustained a toe injury in just her second game which has kept her sidelined for around eight weeks.

Gielnik made her return to action in Aston Villa’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City at The Academy Stadium on Saturday. The player came on as a second half substitute in that match.

The forward has now gone off on international duty with Australia and when speaking in a Commonwealth Bank Matildas media session, Gielnik said that she is fully focused on returning to top condition.

“My move to England has been an interesting one so far,” Gielnik said. “Two games in, I obviously had a little incident and I’ve been out for eight weeks, I have only just started training back with the team last week and here I am now.

“It has not been the start that I had hoped for but I am really enjoying it so far, Birmingham is a nice city and the team are great. I am just looking forward to getting back to full strength now and getting to know everyone.”

Gielnik is a member of the Australian team who are set to face world champions the United States in back-to-back fixtures over the course of the next week. The player has not been home in more than a year and admits that she is now really enjoying having the opportunity to return.

She said “It feels so damn good to be back in Australia, I have been waiting for this moment for such a long time. I’m finally here and I am buzzing.

“The last time I was in Oz was over a year ago now so I haven’t seen my family and have been missing my friends, I just miss home.

“It is so good to be back here, any game on home soil is amazing and just being at home in general. I am just really, really looking forward to it.”

Australia face the United States in Sydney in their first game on Saturday before taking on the same opponents in Newcastle next Tuesday.

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