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Bloomfield's injury frustration won't end until he's back in the team
MATT Bloomfield said the frustration of not being able to play for almost a year won't end until he's back in the Wanderers first team.
The fans' favourite made his long awaited comeback from injury this week as he played for 45 minutes of Blues' behind closed doors friendly against Maidenhead United.
It was the first time Bloomfield, who is in his testimonial year, had kicked a ball in anger since last August after a pelvic shear injury left him sidelined.
But he said: "It was just the next step of my recovery. Getting rid of the frustration will be when I get back out at Adams Park and enjoy playing for the first team. It's still just another step forward but it's a big significant step.
"It's been the most frustrating time of my career by a long stretch. To have a year out when I felt I was coming into the prime of my career is extremely disappointing. Not being able to do what you're paid to do is very frustrating. I play football because I love to play football, not because it's a job. To have that taken away is obviously very disappointing."
He played the first half of Tuesday night's game against Maidenhead at Wanderers' training ground, with Blues winning 5-0.
Bloomfield said: "I thoroughly enjoyed the 45 minutes. It's been a long time coming. I had no ill effects from the game, which is the main thing. It's onwards and upwards from here.
"I felt great in the game and feel fine now. I could have stayed on the other night but equally it's probably the right thing not to.
"I've been in full training for two or three weeks. It's been good training with the rest of the boys and I feel sharp. I started off doing bits and pieces and started building it up doing a couple of sessions a week."
The 29-year-old is hoping to get back into first team contention sooner rather than later by featuring in more friendlies for the reserves.
He said: "I'm playing in the reserves so as and when Gaz sees fit, I'll be available to play. They're hoping to arrange some more games and hopefully they can do that as soon as possible and it gives me an opportunity to get some more match minutes under my belt."
Last season's top scorer Matt McClure was on target on Tuesday as he and Gary Doherty both played 90 minutes after recovering from injuries.
They are now both in contention to face Mansfield Town at Adams Park tomorrow.
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