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Morgan: Injury made my leg feel like it was on fire
DEAN Morgan said he was in the best form of his life before being sidelined for six weeks with a freak nerve injury.
The striker scored five goals in four games before an injury sustained on the training ground left him feeling like his leg was on fire.
Morgan, who's fit again and made a welcome comeback as a substitute against Bury, said confidence played a big part in his form in front of goal before injury struck.
He said: "I was enjoying it. It wasn't like I have to score, I wasn't putting too much pressure on myself, it was just me going out knowing if an opportunity comes then nine times out of ten I'm there to take it because of how I felt physically and mentally.
"It was a freak accident which left me really frustrated. I was thinking, why now? Why is this happening to me right now when out of my whole career I'm really enjoying myself, doing what I should be doing many years ago - playing up front and scoring goals? It was a frustrating time because I was enjoying my football.
"I have worked ever so hard in the gym trying to get myself strong just to make sure when I'm back I'm doing what I was doing and doing a job for the team."
Morgan picked up the injury hurdling a challenge from Kortney Hause during a training game before the trip to Rochdale in late September.
He said: "I tried to ride the tackle of Kortney as he tried to lunge in. I've moved out the way and as I've come up I felt my hamstring go crazy. I just collapsed and didn't know what it was and I was basically panicking.
"It was a slight tear in the hamstring - I'm talking a minimal tear - but the nerves in my hamstring were damaged. My whole hamstring felt like it was on fire. It was a sensation I've never felt before.
"It was a matter of that calming down. The muscle healed before the nerves settled themselves. I took special drugs to help, I'm still on them now but so far so good. Touch wood there's been no reaction to any work I've done since I've been back training, so it's all good at the minute.
"I set myself the target of being fit for the Bristol Rovers game. I trained two days before but Gaz didn't think I was ready. I've had a few weeks training, I played on Tuesday and came on on Saturday. I now feel I'm ready to get back into the team, if he picks me."
Morgan isn't certain how easy it will be for him to get back into the goalscoring groove once he makes his long awaited comeback however.
He said: "Only time will tell. If I play Saturday it's going to be, Dean's back, and there will be a bit of pressure. I don't see it as pressure. If we go to Accrington and we win 1-0 and I set up the goal, or we score from a corner, it's still a positive because I end up playing for however long. It gives me a lot more fitness and gives me another chance to build on what I've been doing behind the scenes."
Morgan has never made it into double figures for the season in his career but is confident he'll do it comfortably this time after being switched to his preferred position leading the line.
He said: "For most of my career I've been playing left midfield. In my youth team career I played up front a lot more. As I grew up into the first team at Colchester then Reading, I was always left midfield. The times I did play up front, I always seemed to score or create chances, or have some sort of impact.
"When I came here they asked me where do you prefer to play and I had it in my mind I wanted to play up front. I wanted to do what I should have been doing. They gave me an opportunity and this year it was paying off."
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