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Tom Elliott smiles in training in preparation for a trip to Colchester UnitedStill in search of a first away win of the season, Salford City make the trip to Essex to face Colchester United on Saturday (KO 15:00).

The Ammies are without a win on the road so far in League Two but Tom Elliott is feeling confident going into Saturday’s game.

The striker has been returning from both a groin and a shoulder injury sustained last year, and says it’s been a long road to recovery eased by the exceptional support from everyone at Salford.

“I had two operations last year. I had an operation on my groin because I had ruptured it and an operation to fix my shoulder as well, both within the space of a month, so I was out for three or four months.

“I’d never had an operation in my life so I didn’t expect the two operations to take such a toll on my body. It was a long road and mentally it was draining because I remember my first day back in training, people were running past me, I was feeling so unfit.

“It was upsetting but I knew I was coming back from a long stint away, but now I’m feeling stronger than ever!

“I’ve done a lot more off the pitch than I have ever done in my career and I learned a lot about my body. I’ve realised a lot of things that I wasn’t doing, so I’ve changed my diet, my regime, my everything and I’m feeling so much better about myself.

“I couldn’t have done it without the club, if I ever needed anything they’ve been there, everyone around me has supported me.”

Salford’s number nine is coming out the other side of his injury woes and is back working his way into Gary Bowyer’s starting XI.

The 30-year-old played a significant part in Matty Lund’s strike against Northampton at the weekend, winning the header and nodding the ball down for his teammate to hit it on the edge of the box. That physical edge to the game suited the striker, who impressed throughout the 90 minutes and was selected in the Sky Bet League Two Team of the Week based on match ratings.

“That was one of the things we’d worked on during the week and obviously it’s nice when it comes off on a match day.

“I thought the boys played well at times, we mixed it up well sometimes going short and other times long but I enjoyed the battle and enjoyed being back in the starting XI.

“Looking back at it this week, the Gaffer was pleased, of course there are still things we need to improve on but we looked a threat. We create so many chances we’ve just got to start putting them in the net now.”

Along with the consensus of the rest of the squad, Elliott feels Salford’s performances have warranted more points, especially away from home. Sat in 19th place, it is too early on to ponder league positions but the squad know they have to start converting some of the many chances they’re creating into points.

With The Ammies facing a couple of injury concerns, especially at the top end of the pitch with Ian Henderson, Conor McAleny and D’Mani Mellor still expected to be missing, there is a window of opportunity for Elliott to impress. The long trip down to the South East will pose another task for The Ammies where the striker will hope to open his goalscoring account for the season.

“I thought me and Brandon [Thomas-Asante] linked up well last week and the more we play the more we’ll build an understanding and only get stronger to be honest. We’ve got some great forwards in the team and if a couple get injured then we have people to step in, but hopefully those two will be back sooner rather than later.

“We’re all routing in the right direction and we’ve all got one goal and that’s to win the league!”

Colchester United

The Ammies have lost 1-0 on both previous visits to Colchester.

Saturday will be game 10 of Salford’s League Two campaign, with the challenge of defeating a Colchester side that finished 20th last season. They are currently in 16th place with a game in hand, and are without a win at the JobServe Community Stadium in League Two this season.

Elliott and the squad understand the task at hand and have prepared in midweek how to take on The Us.

“They pass the ball very well and are good going forward. They have a few experienced heads in their team with the likes of Freddie Sears, they’ve got some good players but if we stick to our guns and do what we know best then I believe we can get the three points and a win.”

HOW TO FOLLOW

          
If you can’t be in Essex on Saturday you can still follow the game. Supporters in the UK can buy a commentary pass for £2.50, or if you are overseas you can purchase a video match pass for £10. There will also be regular updates throughout the match on Twitter.

For more information, including T&Cs, visit https://live.salfordcityfc.co.uk.

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