Jesse Lingard is itching to restart his season, after overcoming a groin issue in time for Mancheser United's Premier League game at Bournemouth.
“Obviously I played a lot of games last season and went straight into the World Cup,”said the Warrington-born forward.
“I played most of the games there and my body was fatigued. My groin started playing up a bit, on the bone, so I had to be careful with that.
“For the first few games [of the current season], it limited me in a way and I couldn’t perform to my maximum. I knew I had to stop and rest it for a while. I’ve done that now and feel 100 per cent and raring to go against Bournemouth.
“I think if I’d carried on, it’d have got worse,”he admitted.
“There is still a lot of the season to play and I thought I’d rather get the rest now. Rest up and recover it well for the upcoming matches.”
“These big games are what you play for,”Lingard confessed.
“The more pressure there is, you fire off that pressure. They're the games you want to be involved in, like everyone else.“
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“Bournemouth are playing very well at the moment,”acknowledges Lingard.
“It’s a tough place to go. It’s a small stadium and the crowd gets up for it, so it can make it difficult for you. It’s all about mentality and how we go into the game. If we have that mentality, confidence about winning the game with no pressure, and enjoying the game I’m sure we’ll win it.
“It’ll be a tough game. But as long as we’re there, giving 100 per cent and can fight for each other, I don’t see a reason why we shouldn’t win.”
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