Stefan Scougall has admitted he “probably made a mistake” by attempting to play through injury earlier this season, writes James Shield.
The Sheffield United midfielder was absent for five games after succumbing to a knee complaint following last month’s game against Coventry City before returning to action at Colchester in midweek.
Scougall, whose entrance from the bench helped change the course of Tuesday evening’s contest, told The Star: “Looking back, and with the benefit of hindsight, I probably made a mistake by trying to get through it.
“I did it because I wanted to help the team but, in the end, I realised that I wasn’t doing that or helping myself because my performances weren’t up to scratch.
“But that was down to me, nobody else, because I kept making myself available for selection. I feel much better now, though, and I’m looking forward to doing what I was trying to do in the first place.”
Scougall is set to be named in Nigel Clough’s squad for tomorrow’s League One encounter at Swindon Town after confirming his progress with a 45 minute cameo during the under-21 derby against Sheffield Wednesday, less than 24 hours after goals from Ben Davies (2) and Ryan Flynn a stretched United’s unbeaten run to six matches.
“I don’t like missing-out, nobody does,” Scougall said. “But, if there is a positive, it’s that I feel much better physically now.
“It’s still going to take a while longer to get completely up to speed but the rest has probably done me some good.
“I first started feeling something in there during the friendly against Huddersfield (Town) in pre-season but I thought I could just play through it.”
United trailed 2-0 at the Weston Homes Community Stadium with less than 10 minutes of normal time remaining before staging a remarkable comeback to win 3-2.
“That showed that we’re a tight-knit bunch behind the scenes,” Scougall said. “We couldn’t have done that if we weren’t.”