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Finnbogason: “I’m ready”

Attacker feeling motivated ahead of return

First Team 03.09.2021, 15:07

Even though Alfred Finnbogason’s injury ruled him out of the Iceland national team for the international break, he remains motivated for his return. His main priority for the moment is returning to 100 per cent fitness. On Friday, the attacker spoke about...

 ...his injury in the DFB-Pokal game: “Fortunately it was only a slight knock, and I began my rehabilitation just one week later, but it did set me back a bit and knocked me off my rhythm.”

...Augsburg’s start to the Bundesliga season: “We faced three opponents who all finished above us last season. We could have taken more from these games. Nothing is ever gifted to you in the Bundesliga, so we need to get back to work to try and pick up our first league win of the season as soon as possible.”

...the rest of the season: “I’m very confident. We have a good coach who knows exactly how to succeed at FC Augsburg. We’ve worked hard and the coach knows us well. I know the quality of our players and it’s just sometimes the case that it doesn’t all come together on matchday 1. But we have no excuse from now on and I hope that we start to kick on."

...his goal against Heidenheim on Wednesday: “It’s always a great feeling when you score. It had been some time since my last one, but that’s exactly what I want to be doing. You have to take the small victories when you can. I was really glad to score and that we won the game.”

...the Icelandic national team: “The problem is that six or seven regular starters are not there, which means younger players are making their first steps into the national side in their place, and it can take time to adjust. We probably ought to have won our last game, but hopefully we can get something from future games.”

... Iceland’s upcoming fixture against Germany on Wednesday: “I would’ve loved to have played. The Iceland head coach did also ask me, but I said to him that I will only be available again once I am completely fit. I will consider myself completely fit once I have played five, six or seven consecutive games. I’m not quite there yet, but that’s my aim. We may not win by outplaying our opponents, but we will by playing as a team and fighting together.”

...the possibility of him featuring against Union Berlin: “Two days ago I played for 60 minutes and scored a goal. I’d say I’m ready.”

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