An injury during pre-season could’ve easily pushed many players back, but such is the character of Brandon Thomas-Asante – he viewed it as ‘a small setback’ on his footballing journey.
The Academy Graduate suffered an ankle injury towards the back end of the 2017-18 campaign and suffered the unfortunate fate of picking up another injury immediately after his recovery was completed.
Thomas-Asante, determined not to let this affect him, got his head down and worked closely with the Medical Department to complete his rehabilitation process.
The striker made his competitive return earlier this week during the Under-23s 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon, but he knows there is still a lot of hard work left to come.
“I feel relieved to be back,” Thomas-Asante told iFollow MK Dons following the match.
“I’m feeling good, my ankle isn’t 100% yet – but it’s getting there. I think playing will do me a lot of good but now I need to keep working hard, keep on top of my recovery and hopefully, I’ll be back to full fitness very soon.
“I believe that this was just a small setback in my journey and I’m still pushing to get to the top. I need to work hard and believe in myself because my confidence won’t go away.”
Despite an impressive return to action, the 19-year-old was disappointed to not come away with a goal to his name.
“It’s frustrating because I like to score goals. The positives I can take from my performance is that I created a lot of chance and got in good positions – I think for me that’s the first step.
“Now, it’s about working on my finishing. I need to work hard in training and I should be back scoring goals.”
Thomas-Asante added, “These games are very important, especially on days like today when I need to get my fitness up.”
Despite not featuring for the first-team under Paul Tisdale as of yet, the youngster spoke of his appreciation his new manager.
“I’m learning so much and it’s a pleasure to work under Tis.
“I have a lot more to learn and I want to play minutes in his team. I’ve so much to showcase – hopefully, that’ll come out in time.”
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