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McGinn frustrated by injury
Published : 14 Jul 2010 08:30:59
Niall McGinn faces a battle against time to be fit for the start of the new season and force his way into manager Neil Lennon's plans.
The winger suffered a metatarsal injury at the end of last season and will be working on his fitness while the rest of the squad are on their pre-season tour of North America.
"It's disappointing. It happened in the last training session of last season so I didn't have the best of summers," he said. "But thankfully I got the all-clear last week so it's just about progressing from here."
He added: "I should be back training in four to six weeks and hopefully I'll be back for the start.
"It's going to be hard but I just need to make sure that I'm coming back fit and healthy.
"It was a pre-season I was looking forward to, going to America for 10 days, playing in the Emirates Cup and then looking forward to the Champions League qualifiers.
"It's disappointing but I'm thankful the injury has happened during pre-season and not at the beginning of the season when you're missing league games."
Northern Irishman Lennon impressed when he replaced Tony Mowbray at the helm on a caretaker basis at the end of last term and McGinn was thrilled to see him earn the job on a permanent basis.
He said: "It's good to see Neil Lennon getting the job. I grew up watching Neil Lennon as a fellow countryman so it was good to see him getting the job. There are going to be changes, with players coming in and players leaving."