Downing bullish over fitness

12 October 2010 10:55
Aston Villa's Stewart Downing is confident his injury problems are behind him after receiving a late call-up to the England squad. Downing had to wait four months to make his debut for the Midlands club after arriving at Villa Park in July 2009 with a broken foot. During his extended spell on the sidelines, the 26-year-old lost his place in the England fold and was left out of the squad which travelled to South Africa for the World Cup. The former Middlesbrough wideman has started the current season in eye-catching form and has been recalled by England for Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro. Downing will join up with his international team-mates both injury-free and confident in his abilities to impress. He told the club's official website: "It's been pleasing for me that I've had no setback or anything like that. "Since I've come back I don't think I've missed a game and that's a pleasing thing for me. "You can't think about what's gone on in the past or mentally you'd be all over the place. "I'm not that fussed. I've taken a few whacks on it in the past couple of months so it's not a problem at all."

Source: ESA