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Che Adams can't wait to boost Blues

Che Adams

I am really happy at Birmingham and I just now want to get out there and do what I can to help the team move up the league.

Che Adams

Blues striker Che Adams is close to a return to action.

And it can't come soon enough for the Club's reigning Young Player of the Season.

Adams has been sidelined with a hamstring injury, with his last appearance coming against Wolves at the beginning of December.

In all, he has started just half of the 14 games so far during Steve Cotterill's tenure.

“It’s been a long four weeks," he told bcfc.com.

“I’ve been getting stronger, fitter, hopefully I will be on the pitch soon.

“It’s just one of those things. The whole of my career I’ve not been injured like this before. I wouldn’t say I’m injury prone, but obviously it’s a massive downfall when it affects me and the team as well.

“But I’m near and all I am looking at now is playing again and scoring goals for Birmingham.”

Blues first game of 2018 is at Reading on Tuesday evening. The side will be hoping to follow up with another good result after the victory over Leeds United.

“Everyone knows it has been quite tough so far," Adams reflected on the season to date. "We haven’t been getting the points we deserve. That’s the Championship.

“Every team is different, it’s always hard to win games in this league.

“We need to start doing that and we tend to lose the ‘horrible’ games, as it were. We have to change that as well and keep going.

“I think people know what we are capable of. Look at the Leeds performance and the gaffer’s first game here, against Cardiff – amazing, everyone was buzzing.

“We need to get it back to that on a consistent basis.”

Adams' absence has been keenly felt by Blues. This has been his second spell out of action due to a hamstring issue. He scored the only goals of the game against Cardiff and Nottingham Forest, earning Blues vital points, and there was also a Carabao Cup hat-trick.

And he enjoys life under Cotterill, whose backing by the Board of Directors was welcome to help try and bring some stability to the Club after an eventful past year.

“That’s what everyone wants and needs, really, some stability so we can all focus," he said.

“The Manager, his attention to detail is very good. In training we are working on all aspects of the game. Shape, set-pieces, crosses, everything. We all know what we are doing and what is expected of us.

“That’s a real positive. We are organised and he’s giving us what we need to give us the best chance to go out there to get results.”

On a personal level, Adams added: “He has been excellent with me. He’s been great throughout this injury period. He’s been speaking with me every day to check my progress. The manager has been very good with me."

Inevitably, as one of the Club's brightest prospects, speculation swirls around Adams, who signed a new five-year contract in September.

He finds some of it puzzling, as he is content at St. Andrew's: “I am here at Birmingham, I am really happy at Birmingham and I want to keep playing for Birmingham. That’s it.

“I just now want to get out there and do what I can to help the team move up the league.”

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