Oxford United winger on a fitness mission

Sean Rigg surges forward on his return to the U's side last weekend

Sean Rigg surges forward on his return to the U's side last weekend

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SEAN Rigg is out to make up for lost time after recovering from his second hamstring injury of the season.

The 25-year-old played the final 25 minutes in Oxford United’s 2-1 win over Dagenham & Redbridge last weekend after three weeks on the sidelines.

Rigg will be in the squad again for the trip to York City tomorrow, although he is likely to be among the substitutes as the U’s look to ease him back in.

The latest injury came against Morecambe last month was particularly badly timed for the winger, who had earlier made it two goals in as many games after breaking his duck for the season a week earlier.

It all means Rigg is desperate to pick up where he left off.

“It was great to get on the score sheet at Mansfield and get one against Morecambe as well,” he said.

“I’m feeling confident and sharp at the moment, I just want to get a few more if I can.”

Rigg was a stranger in the United treatment room before this season after making an impressive 53 appearances during his debut campaign last term.

This time around it has been more frustrating.

The problems started with a serious hamstring tear during the first half of the 3-1 win at Torquay United in August.

It saw the former Port Vale attacker sit out more than a month and after returning he was just finding a rhythm again when the second problem struck.

He said: “It’s been a bit stop-start for me this year.

“I haven’t been out for too long, which is obviously a positive, but I need to get a good run of games under my belt now and hopefully try not to get injured again.

“I was back for six or seven games and then I pulled up again.

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“I felt fine during the game and had no problems, but it just came out of nowhere.

“Once you’ve done it you are always vulnerable to it happening again.

“I have done it quite a few times throughout my career and I think I’ll always struggle with that, but it’s something I can come back from fairly quickly, as I’ve shown.

“It’s annoying, last season I didn’t have one hamstring pull so hopefully I can put it behind me now.”

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