Southampton's Sam Gallagher targets first team return after injury lay-off

Gallagher missed last season because of an injury sustained moments before the opening day of the last Premier League campaign.

Southampton forward Sam Gallagher is targeting a return to first team action after a season on the sidelines with a serious knee injury, though he returned to action for the under-21 side later on in the season.

In the 2013/14 season he made a total of 18 appearances of the Saints in both the League and Cup games, and is trying to reclaim his place in the side with a pre-season to impress manager Ronald Koeman

Gallagher is quoted in the Southern Daily Echo, saying: "There’s a bit of pressure on the young boys – this is your sort of opportunity to put your foot on the door for the rest of the season, get in his mind and maybe sort of influence some of the other things he makes during the transfer window.”

Even after impressing for one season, the long injury lay-off could mean it is difficult for Gallagher to break back into the side this term, but he will be helped somewhat by Southampton's commitments in Europe this season having managed to qualify for the Europa League following their excellent season in the Premier League where they finished in seventh place.

But he feels he has had the opportunity to impress and that the manager and the rest of the coaching staff know what he is capable of. He will, of course, be hoping there is no repeat of the freak injury he suffered during last year's pre-season that will hinder his chances of first team football, and developing once again. 

He added: “I sort of feel like I have had an opportunity and I’ve done alright when I’ve had it, so it’s not so much like I’m going into unknown territory when I come on, so I’m looking forward to getting back in and maybe getting a chance in the Premier League again.”

He may well be eased back into the action, but the 19-year-old is aware that he needs to take the opportunities when presented to him this term, like he did prior to his injury.

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