McGurk ends 17-month absence with Villa brace

Adam McGurk hit two goals for Aston Villa in yesterday's friendly victory over Coventry.

The 19 year-old striker has been missing for over 17 months with a series of injuries and told Villa's website: "It's been 17 months now and there were times when I felt like I was never going to be fit. Hopefully I've got all my injuries out of the way and now I'm really looking forward to getting on with the season.

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"It's just been one injury problem after another and even when I felt I was getting close towards the end of last season there were constant little niggles that slowed me down. Now, fingers crossed, I can stay fit.

"I think I'm definitely mentally stronger after all the problems I've had and hopefully that can hold me in good stead for the rest of my career. I really can't wait for the start of the season. I just want to keep pushing now."

McGurk continued: "A lot of things have changed since I first got injured but I just really have to worry about myself. I want to remind people what I can do. I want to prove a point and I'll see how it goes.

"I'd like to think I'll be in contention for the first game of the season. I want to be there playing in competitive games and showing what I can do.

"To score two goals in my comeback game was a bonus really. I was just happy to be back out there. But of course goals are what every striker thrives on."

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