Today’s trip to Blackburn Rovers is the first of three remaining opportunities.
On December 8, things were looking pretty good for Koroma and Town. The 22-year-old was established in the first team for the first time since joining from Leyton Orient two years earlier, and his sixth goal of the campaign put them on course for a win over Sheffield Wednesday which nudged them up to 12th.
Then, 62 minutes in, he got to the byline, slipped, and tore his hamstring. It was Wednesday before he played again.
“I’ve gone to cross the ball, my foot’s planted, I’ve slipped and just over-stretched,” he says.
“The quicker you come to terms with it, the quicker you can start your rehab and get back.”
Weeks later Carel Eiting injured his knee, then recently-signed Rolando Aarons his hamstring in training. Christopher Schindler’s season was ended by a knee problem and Harry Toffolo suffered a back injury. Pipa’s groin pain has reached the stage where he can only play once a week, injury ended Oumar Niasse’s season before making his debut on a short-term contract and Alex Vallejo will not return to training until late next week from a concussion suffered at Easter.
Still, Koroma will look back on 2020-21 fondly – more so if Town can finish strongly now he, Aarons, Toffolo and Pipa are in line to face Blackburn. Eiting could start after returning from the bench against Barnsley in midweek.
“Any season you get to play 20-25 games is a positive season,” says Koroma. “I had a good half a season, now it’s just trying to finish strong, rest up and come back even stronger.
“The first few games it just wasn’t dropping for me but after I got my first goal I just kicked on.
“It’s about finishing strong and continuing to be a good Championship player next season.”
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