Jack Harrison says he is “back and ready” after missing Leeds United’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month with a muscle strain.
The winger is back in full training as the Whites prepare for their return to Premier League action against Manchester City on December 28. Harrison enjoyed a strong start to the campaign with one goal and three assists in his first three outings.
Harrison is with the majority of the Leeds squad on a week-long training camp in Spain as Jesse Marsch looks to make the most of the enforced break from domestic action.
“I was struggling with a couple of injuries before,” Harrison said.
“So normally I would have liked to be training, but for me it was more about taking the time off, relaxing, just letting my body recover a little bit and then pushing a little bit to come back.
“I’m back and I’m ready, I’m in a good place mentally and physically, so I’m just trying to improve, getting ready for the Man City game.”
Man City have been boosted by the early returns of Qatar’s Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan after early outings for Belgium and Germany, while star striker Erling Haaland has continued training after Norway failed to qualify for the tournament.
Harrison is looking forward to some friendly action in the coming weeks and wants Leeds to “fly away” against reigning champions Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on December 22.
LEEDS, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 23: Jack Harrison of Leeds United applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Leeds United and Fulham FC at Elland Road on October 23, 2022 in Leeds, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
“I think first we’re just making sure that physically, in terms of fitness, we’re as ready as we can be, then working on the tactical parts as we get closer to the games,” he added.
“The club has done a good job organizing a lot of games before our first game back and we have a lot of chances and opportunities to build on some things, improve in some areas that we need.
“We really want to go out flying and especially against Man City, that will be very important for us. I think following the principles and the tactical game plan that has been designed will also be important.”