Sweden international Joel Mumbongo has exclaimed that he wants to show his gratitude to Burnley for giving him an opportunity to showcase himself after making his maiden debut for the club.
Mumbongo was on the starting lineup for the U23 team in last weekend's Premier League Cup at Middlesbrough.
The 20-year-old's debut came three months after he had first featured in manager Steve Stone's team during preseason.
“It started well but as time went on it was hard on my knee because the tempo was just so high, and I couldn’t take it,” Mumbongo told the club's official website.
“I had to tell them I was in pain and we talked about it. I’m lucky that they still wanted me here and helped me and I’m very thankful for that because I don’t think many teams would do that.
“I think they would just send me home and tell me to get fit.”
Mumbongo who was born in Stockholm to Congolese parents kickstarted his career with Swedish top-flight club BK Hacken and then went on to ply his trade for Hellas Verona in Italy.
However, during his time in Italy, he sustainined a knee injury and had to undergo plentiful treatments and rehabilitation to get back to full recovery.
Mumbongo, who has recovered from his injury believes that he is ready to hit the ground running even more after being awarded his debut and hopes to inspire the team to more victories.
“I have been waiting for that, just to get on the pitch,” Mumbongo added further.
“It was a good feeling, just that all the hard work in the gym every day pays off.
“It’s a great squad here and the football is good for your development. There are a lot of good players and you can’t just be comfortable in training because someone can take your place.
“That’s what you need, to push you every day.
“The next few months I just want to play games and get back to where I was before the injury.
“I feel confident and I feel strong; just trust my ability and what I can do on the pitch and the rest will come naturally.”
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