SALICKI: “It’s Good To Be Back”

Becky Salicki says she is fit and raring to go – as Durham Women prepare to head to Crystal Palace.

The defender missed several weeks through injury after the 2-1 win at London Bees, but has returned with cameo appearances against Coventry, Liverpool and Lewes.

And Salicki was keen to praise the impact of the club’s medical team as she offered an update on her fitness.

“It’s really good to be back,” she said.

“All the girls kept me involved while I was injured and I’m the kind of person that likes to stay around the squad. 

“But it’s good to be back, I feel sharp, fit and ready to go.

“I’ve said it a few times but the medical set-up we have here in terms of Nat our physio and Tom in strength and conditioning is superb.

“They had programmes made so I could do stuff even when I was in a boot, which was great because it kept me fit and made sure that when I could start running again I wasn’t a million miles away. I’m so, so thankful to them.”

Salicki was introduced as a second half substitute against Lewes last weekend and will be targeting more minutes when the Wildcats head to Crystal Palace on Sunday.

And after a tough test at the Dripping Pan, the defender isn’t expecting things to get any easier against Palace.

“Lewes are a very tough opponent and we can’t just say that was points lost,” added Salicki.

“In a way it feels like it, because we’ve set our standards so high this year, but in the grand scheme of things Lewes are a very strong team.

“They’ve picked off points off other teams as well.It’s one of things we have to regroup and get ready for the next game.

“We know Palace.

“Obviously Annabel is there and captain now and she’s a really good player.

“They’ve got loads of really good players in their team and we have loads of respect for them and how they do things.

“It’ll be a competitive game, but we’ll get together and look forward to Sunday.”

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