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Lapslie On Rollercoaster Campaign

U's midfielder discusses ups and downs

14 April 2020

Unprecedented situation prompts reflection from Tom Lapslie

The tweny four year old midfielder, along with the rest of the U's squad, has been training at home during the football shutdown.

During that time, he has looked back on the season so far and admitted that whilst it's been frustrating, there are more important things to think about.

He told the Colchester Gazette: "It’s a bit of a strange situation for everyone at the moment and it’s all about the welfare and health of everyone."

"I think the time away has given people time to reflect on the season and on their careers overall.

"I’m someone who gets very emotionally involved when it comes to football but a time like this put things firmly into perspective.

"I’ve been keeping myself as active as I can, both physically and mentally. No-one knows when we’re going to be back.

"Anyone of this generation has never experienced anything like this before. It’s a real challenge for anyone, of any walk of life."

Lapslie admits the 2019/20 campaign has been a mixed one for him, so far.

The former U's academy player has had plenty of good moments this season, including scoring the crucial winning spot-kick for John McGreal's side in their penalty shoot-out win over Spurs in the Carabao Cup.

But Lapslie's campaign has also been punctured by injury, which has restricted his appearances.

"It’s been a bit of a strange season for me - I’ve had the highs and the lows, I’ve not played for a few weeks and as much as I would have liked, this season.

"It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster season for me, so far. I started the season playing well but then I picked up a quad injury the day before the Cambridge United game.

"I thought I’d be fit for the Saturday but then I ended up being out a lot longer than I’d hoped.

"I found myself out of the team which I could completely understand because the team were doing well and the gaffer understandably didn’t want to change a winning team.

"Then later in the season, I picked up a knee injury playing for the under-23s, which ruled me out for a few weeks.

"The injuries have been frustrating this season but at the same time, I’ve had the highs of the Spurs, Manchester United and also Crawley games.

"But at times, I’ve been a bit of a bit-part player which I completely get, because the team have been winning." 

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