Femenía: “I'm Happy To Be Back”
By Kevin Affleck
Kiko Femenía is delighted to be back in full training and is prepared to play in either full-back position to help the team navigate its way out of trouble.
Femenía was in the form of his Watford career before he injured his hamstring against Wolves, with the performance he put in against Wilfried Zaha at the beginning of December up there with the individual performances of the season.
The 29-year-old played a key role in the early revival under Head Coach Nigel Pearson, looking really assured in the unfamiliar role of left-back in the wins over Manchester United, Aston Villa and Wolves. He has missed the last seven games in all competitions, but handed Pearson a major boost by joining up with the main training group on Saturday morning and taking part in a punishing 16-minute team run along with the returning Ismaïla Sarr.
“I'm happy to be back from my injury,” he said. “It's been very frustrating because it's been a month and a half that I haven't been able to compete. I haven't been able to do what I love and have had to train seperately. I think an injury is the worst thing for a player, but I'm better now, 100 per cent recovered. I'm back with the team and so I'm happy.”
Femenía's return gives Pearson cover and competition in both full-back slots and a real handy option when it comes to dealing with flying wingers. He was, for example, handling Adama Traoré, who has been one of the players of the season, comfortably until he got injured after an hour against Wolves.
“I feel very comfortable as left-back but I'm not overly bothered which side I play on,” he said. “I just need to be prepared for wherever the gaffer sees me fit to play. I will try to give my all.”
The former Barcelona and Real Madrid B full-back returns to the team with 12 games left and plenty of points to play for.
“How I see the end of the season is us making a success of the season,” he said. “The main objective is to save ourselves from relegation and I think we have it in us, the group, to do so. I'm looking forward to contributing to the team from now until the end of the season so that we can make a success out of this situation. I hope to be prepared for the gaffer by Sunday.”