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Williams To Kick On After Recovery

14 October 2015


Eagles midfielder Jonny Williams started Wales' home game against Andorra last night, playing for a lengthy 85 minutes before being withdrawn by Chris Coleman, showing he is back up to speed after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The young Welshman has suffered with injury problems in the past and spent most of the summer out of action, but has since gone on loan to Nottingham Forest whilst he continues his recovery. Though largely featuring for Forest's under-21 so far, Williams put in a complete creative midfield display in Cardiff on Tuesday night, showing himself to be back to his best.

"For moments like this, it's worth it," he said after the win. "It was quite emotional at the end, just to be fit again is great. I'm happy, I'll stay clear of nasty challenges and I should be all right.

Wales had qualified for EURO 2016 in the previous game, despite losing 2-0 to Bosnia and Herzegovina, so the fixture at home to Andorra was a chance to top the qualification group and celebrate with the fans.

"I had to pinch myself a bit and say 'Jonny calm down,' it was my first start in 12 months and it was a big occasion," said Williams, who had to ride several strong challenges from Andorran defenders. "I just wanted to come off the pitch fit and I am, so that's [made tonight] even more special for me."

Discussing the groin muscle which had caused him problems in the past, Williams added: "It feels strong, stronger than ever. I don't think about it during games, I've got no doubts with it. I've played the most games I've played in a year now, including under-21s games, so hopefully I can just kick on now and play more and more."

The full video interview with Williams - in which he discusses Joe Ledley's dancing, breaking into the Palace squad and more - is available to watch for free HERE.

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