Hunt fighting to regain ground

Published Add your comment

Football News

Stephen Hunt will hope to resume his international career against Norway tonight desperate to return to his best form.

The 29-year-old Wolves midfielder last appeared for the Republic of Ireland on November 14 last year as they lost the first leg of their World Cup play-off 1-0 at Croke Park. Four days later, he was an unused substitute as Ireland's hopes of making it to South Africa were dashed with a helping hand from Thierry Henry in a controversial 1-1 draw in Paris which sent the French through.

Hunt, whose misery was compounded in February when he suffered a foot injury, said: "I was probably playing the best football of my career at the time, so that was massively disappointing."

He added: "I came back expecting to hit the ground running again, but it has been a little bit more difficult than I thought it was going to be.

"But at the same time, I am mentally strong and we will get going again.

"I have come back and have had three or four games where it has been basically about my fitness, I haven't really contributed apart from maybe when I could have scored a couple of goals.

"But I am here for Ireland now and looking forward to it."

Hunt's return to action has been testing to say the least - he resumed as a substitute in a 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Chelsea, made his first start against Manchester United in the Carling Cup and has turned out against United, Arsenal and Bolton in the league since.

He said: "Either way, I have had my pre-season twice - Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City - it's been an easy comeback!

"It's been difficult for me, to be honest, but the more games I get, hopefully the better I will get."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Stephen Hunt
Stephen Hunt

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again