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20 November 2015

Iron defender Niall Canavan has revealed the injury he suffered on the opening day of the season was tough to take, especially after enjoying such a positive pre-season campaign.

However, he stated injuries are part of football and, now he's made his return, he's ready to kick on.

"It was disappointing getting injured in the first game, but there was not much I could do about it. I'm glad to be back in amongst the lads," he told The Iron PlayerHD.

"We were looking well in pre-season, playing well against some bigger sides and unfortunately sometimes it's the way it goes.

"It's just part of football and you've got to be ready to take these things when they come. Luckily for me I was out last year, so I have experience of being out for that period of time. I'm looking now to kick on as quickly as possible."

Canavan made his comeback in last Saturday's defeat to Swindon Town and says it was pleasing to see the faith shown in him by manager Mark Robins.

While admitting that he's not 100 per cent sharp, he did state he's determined to get back to his best as soon as possible.

"It's good to know that the gaffer wants to put me out there, although I'm still blowing off a bit of rust," he said.

"I've just got to get my head down and try and burn through this as quick as possible, and try to get back to some good form.

"You've got to be ready when you come back, that you might get thrust back into the team. I think I've looked after myself pretty well while I've been out and I was glad that I only cramped up with ten seconds to go."

Bradford City are United's opponents on Saturday and Canavan is expecting nothing less than a tough encounter.

He insisted, despite the Bantams' good form of late, it's up to he and his team-mates to take the game to the visitors.

"They're usually a tough game. We played them last season and there's no change in style, from what I understand," he added.

"They make it physical, tough and I'm sure they'll come here full of confidence. It's up to us to challenge them."

See much more from Niall Canavan, Mark Robins and Scott Laird on The Iron PlayerHD.

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