Edwards relishing return after injury

Sat, 24 Dec 13:09:55 2011

Midfielder Dave Edwards is hoping for an injury-free 2012 as he prepares to rejoin Wolves' battle for Barclays Premier League survival in Tuesday's clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Edwards is set to resume training over the weekend after missing the last two games - at home to Norwich and Stoke - with a groin injury suffered against Manchester United at Old Trafford a fortnight ago.

That ended a seven-game run for Edwards after previously being sidelined for several months with a hereditary back problem which almost forced him to quit the game.

But now he is optimistic of returning against the Gunners as Mick McCarthy's side look to stay clear of the bottom three.

Edwards said: "It was a little groin strain which I had a little trouble with the week before. It was quite tight but I trained on the Thursday and the Friday and felt good enough to play. Then I hit a pass after 20 minutes at United and felt it go a little bit and, because of previous problems I've had with my groins, I knew I'd better go off.

"A year or 18 months ago, I'd have perhaps carried on and tried to run it off. I know my body a lot better now so I knew it was best to go off and miss two games rather than six or seven. It's getting a lot better. I've done some rehab and now I'm looking to train over the weekend and, if I can come through that, then I'll be available for selection for the Arsenal game."


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