Sunderland winger Will Buckley has admitted to the Chronicle that he has had a 'troubled time' of late, after suffering with a series of injuries.
Buckley has not been fit since the end of January, but he made his comeback against Stoke City at the weekend and he was delighted to get on the pitch.
The former Brighton and Hove Albion man played the first half of Sunderland's 1-1 draw with Stoke and he is now hoping to put his troubles behind him.
"It was great to be back with the team because I’ve had a bit of a troubled time over the past few months with injuries, so now I’m back involved I want to keep having an impact,” he said.
“We looked more dangerous going forward and that is what we need to do now to put the pressure on other teams."
Buckley's first season at the Stadium of Light has hardly gone according to plan. Gus Poyet had brought the pacy wide man in to add quality to Sunderland's attack, but the move hasn't worked out yet.
Buckley has looked short of the standard required to play in the Premier League and he hasn't been able to show the weaponry that made him such a threat in the Championship earlier in his career.
He, therefore, returns to the team with a point to prove and will be determined to hit the ground running now he is fit once again.
Buckley is one of the players Sunderland are requiring to step up, as they are running out of games to save themselves from what would be a disastrous relegation.