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Winger Adam Thompstone looking to make up for lost time

Adam Thompstone
Thompstone made his return for Irish against Ospreys in the Heineken Cup

London Irish winger Adam Thompstone says he never doubted that he would return from serious injury.

Thompstone made his return two weeks ago after breaking and dislocating his ankle back in October 2009.

He told BBC Berkshire: "The worst bits were when I had to have a second operation and then had a stress response in my metatarsal.

"Every time I got closer, something else happened. I always knew that I'd be back, I just didn't know how long."

"The physios here helped me to get back," he added. "The club were great to me and supported me - my friends and family have been brilliant.

"But being so close then having it taken away from you, that was the really hard part to take, to have the second and then the third injury."

Thompstone came through the London Irish academy and broke into the first team in the 2008/9 season, scoring nine tries.

Although he has missed 15 months, he feels his progression will continue.

"Because it's been such a long time, I did lose a bit of momentum, but I don't think that it's stopped me from progressing.

"There are so many players here that I can learn from - the coaches as well with Mike Catt here, there are so many opportunities."

He also is confident that the serious leg injury has not seen a decline in his pace.

Adam Thompstone
Thompstone broke and dislocated his ankle in October against Sale

"We have the GPS down here and I'm just as fast, if not a little bit faster," he said. "I've been doing a lot of work with the conditioners here to get me back up to full pace and I really feel that I'm there."

Having briefly featured in the Heineken Cup match against Ospreys, Thompstone played the full 80 minutes at Munster and will feature in this weekend's LV= Cup match against Northampton in Reading. Thompstone is determined to enjoy his ongoing return.

"I don't think I have a point to prove. I just want to get back to where I was. I've missed it a lot - it's been a long, long time and I just want to get out and enjoy myself.

"It felt great just being amongst the lads at Reading for the 30 seconds, then away at Munster. It was amazing to be out there after such a long time."



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