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INTERVIEW: Sangare delighted to be back

Stanley's Liberian midfielder has missed the last two months with a torn hamstring injury

26 November 2020

Accrington Stanley midfielder Mo Sangare is delighted to be back in the team after missing the last two months with a torn hamstring injury.

The 21-year-old suffered a Grade 3 tear in the 2-0 win over Peterborough United on the opening day of the season, and he admitted that he didn't think anyything of it at the time.

"When I first did it in the game, I thought it was a cramp or something but I came back the next day and I couldn't walk.

"I went and had a scan, and that told me that I was right to feel the way I was because it was a Grade 3 tear.

"It was longitudinal rather than straight, so it was going to take a lot of time to heal."

Sangare, who came on as a second half substitute in Tuesday's win over Crewe Alexandra, was keen to thank the club's medical team for all their work with his recovery.

"I didn't expect to get injured and it was a bit frustrating to be honest, but that's part of the game.

"You've got to adjust and when that time comes, you've got to find a way to get through it.

"Thankfully I had Matty (Matthew Donnelly) and Morgs (Paul Morgan) who have done really well to get me back as soon as they could, which has worked in my favour."

The Newcastle United loanee was out for a total of nine weeks, and he explained that it got tougher as each week passed by.

"The first week was alright, but it hit me during the second and third.

"I was thinking what would I do without playing football and I had moments that make you start thinking a lot of things, in both positive and negative ways.

"It was a good experience, and with everything you live and learn."

Sangare's return came as the Reds secured a fifth consecutive clean sheet, and he is hoping that the team can maintain that recent good form.

"It was so good, I came back in the changing room and I was screaming 'I'm back, let's go'.

"I'm excited to keep going and see what the season holds for the lads, hopefully we can carry on the good things that we're doing at the moment.

"The most exciting thing for me was coming back into the team and we're winning and getting goals."

John Coleman's side are now without a game until next Wednesday, and the midfielder knows that the rest of the lads need that break after performing so well in recent weeks.

"One-hundred percent, I said why are we getting a weekend off now I'm back, it shouldn't be a thing.

"Maybe after the next 10 or 15 games, we have a weekend off and then I'll relax.

"At this moment in time, the lads need a rest with how well they've been doing lately so I think they need some rest in their legs to get everyone going again."

The Liberian international is also very excited about the prospect of fans returning to the Wham Stadium in the not too distant future.

"I can't wait for the fans to come in, I want it to hurry up and they can get in the stadium.

"I've been away on international duty so I've seen what it's like to get that extra adrenaline, you just want to keep at it every second of the game.

"You've still got to be at it now and it's that mentality that you've got to keep at it and stride on, which is a great feeling when you have it."

The full interview video with Mo Sangare is available to watch on the club's official YouTube channel, CLICK HERE to find out more!


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