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James Crawley

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Posted Saturday, February 10th 2018

WellRed meets: Famara Diédhiou

City's record signing certainly hit the ground running before an unfortunate three-month injury lay-off.

Now Famara Diédhiou is back and closing in on full fitness as he looks to help the Robins secure promotion from the Championship.

The striker speaks exclusively to WellRed with City preparing to host Sunderland, as he talks his summer move from France to Bristol, coping with injury and his return to the first team.

How does Championship football compare to Ligue One, where you played before?

"The Championship is a very good league. It’s quick, tough and you have to be strong. Any team can beat the other and it’s very interesting. I think it suits my playing style.

How did you deal with realising you would be sidelined with injury for three months?

"It wasn’t easy because three months is a long time not playing football. I am thankful to God and for me, the most important thing was to get on with my rehab.

"That wasn’t easy because of my knee but all of the staff, my teammates and family helped and supported me. Now everything is okay.

What did your rehab involve?

"I had to focus on core training with Steve Allen (head physio) and focus on the cross-trainer. It was different to your regular routine. I would come in at 8am and go home at 5pm, focussing on my rehab.

"I was doing two sessions every day to make the ligament stronger.

How would you sum up your return?

"Yes, it’s been a perfect return for me. I’m happy with what I have done and to help us win for the first time in seven games.

"After coming on against Derby County and Manchester City I started against QPR, which I was happy with. I was so happy to score my first goal of 2018 and I’m also happy the team won.

"We played with ten men against 11-man QPR and we scored twice to win. It was important that we won that game at home."

WATCH: DIÉDHIOU SCORES ON HOME RETURN V QPR

This is a preview of the full interview inside Saturday's WellRed programme v Sunderland, available to buy from Ashton Gate for only £3.

Inside you can read more about Diédhiou's Senegal World Cup hopes and his admiration for a former Chelsea striker.

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