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Gudmundsson Delighted To Be Back

24 April 2017

Johann Berg Gudmundsson declared his joy at putting a “tough” time behind him as he made a welcome return from injury.

The Iceland international came off the bench for the last half-hour of the Clarets’ 2-0 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday to end a two-month spell on the sidelines.

Gudmundsson had been out with a knee injury sustained in the FA Cup loss to Lincoln City following a couple of other enforced absences earlier in the season.

And the winger – a big player for the Clarets in the opening months of the campaign – hopes his run of bad luck is behind him.

“We have been strong at home so we’re disappointed not to get the result, but for myself I’m delighted. It’s been a tough few weeks for me,” he said.

“It’s been a frustrating time with injury so I’m delighted to be back.

“I have had a few injuries so I’m not happy with that. That’s something I need to fix for next season and kick-start from there.

“I want to play every game so I was really happy to come on and try and help the team.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson's first Burnley goal came in November's home win against Crystal Palace

“It was a difficult day, especially in the first half. They were good on the counter-attack but in the second half we stuck in there so we can take something from that.

“They have great players and showed that in the first half but we stuck at it in the second half and played quite well, so we can be happy with that.”

Gudmundsson looked to inject some fresh impetus into an attempted comeback against United, whose first-half goals from Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney were enough to give them the points at Turf Moor.

The result saw the Clarets slip to 16th-place in the Premier League table, but Gudmundsson remains positive as the former Charlton Athletic wideman looks forward to a return to London to face improving Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park next Saturday tea-time.

He added: “We go into every game to try and get points and we go again next weekend to try and get a result. We will manage a few more points, definitely.

“Crystal Palace are right beside us so it’s going to be a cracking game. We haven’t picked up many points away so hopefully we can get a win down there.

“We have played some good football away but it just hasn’t happened for us, so hopefully next weekend it will.

“We all want it, the fans want it and always come and support us, so we want to do it for them.”

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