Date: 5th June 2017 at 9:13pm
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Midfielder Matty James has said he feels ‘stronger in every aspect of life’ following his loan spell out with Barnsley.

Having suffered ruptured anterior ligaments in his knee back in May 2015, it’s been a long journey back to the pitch for the midfielder but two Under 23 appearances for Leicester saw him return to the pitch properly in the game against Manchester City in December, and to build his fitness further, he spent the second half of the campaign out on loan at Oakwell, taking in 17 starts and one substitute appearance with a return of one goal.

With the holidays now with us for the off season, the 25 year old spoke to to talk about his return to fitness and his hopes for a proper first team return to action for us next campaign.

‘It was a tough time when I went out on loan. I needed to go out and play games. I probably didn`t expect to play as many games but, once I got back into the swing of things, it was like I had never been injured. I just rolled into it and it was a great feeling. It was emotional. I was feeling that I might never play football again in the past. I didn`t think I was going to get back to the level that I could get back to. Once I played that first 90 minutes, the shackles came off and I was a football player again. It was emotional for me and my family.’

James went on to say.

‘Everyone had been waiting for that moment, people that were close to me, so it was a really emotional time. It was more about playing the next game and then the next one, the next one, the next one. People look at being a footballer and think it`s a high-profile lifestyle. It`s not the case at all when you`re not playing. You can be a miserable person. For me it was a really bad stage in my life. I didn`t know what avenue I was going to go down. Looking back on it, I think it`s made me a stronger person, a stronger player. Mentally, it`s made me stronger in every aspect of life.’

As for his hopes of next season, it’s simply to get back on the pitch regularly for Leicester and play a proper part in our next campaign.

‘It`s a big summer. The last two summers, I`ve not been able to do much. This time I feel fully-fit. Hopefully I can have a bit of time off my feet then come back and work hard to make sure I come back as a fit as I can be on the first day of pre-season.’

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