Macfadyen Makes Long Awaited Return For Warriors

Glasgow Warriors and Scotland openside flanker Donnie Macfadyen (pictured) will make his return to the team in the Celtic League match against Cardiff Blues tomorrow night following more than a year out through injury.He said: a??Ita?'s been a tough 14A? months._When I originally injured my knee during training we initially thought Ia?'d be out for a month, then it became four months but it ended up being a lot more than that._It was difficult when people kept asking me a??when are you going to be back?a?" and I didna?'t have an answer for them as I kept having setback after setback but at least they were still asking and that spurred me on as it would have been a lot worse if theya?'d not been asking at all!a??The medical team here have been fantastic and have helped me through it all._Now that Ia?"m back playing, ita?'s important for me to take things step by step and build up my game time again._Ia?"m really looking forward to going down to Cardiff._The boys were disappointed with the result against the Blues at home, especially following on from the great win against Munster the week before._Our backs are somewhat against the wall at the moment, we need wins and league points and wea?"re going down there with a lot of determination to turn that result around.a??Warriors head coach Hugh Campbell added: a??Ita?'s great to have Donnie back. Wea?"ve been in the situation that a lot of our best players have been on the injury list for some time._Even now wea?"ve got what are probably three of our most potent backs a?" Rory Lamont, Graeme Morrison and Scott Barrow a?" all out through injury._However thata?'s what squads are all about, being able to fill the gaps when youa?"ve got a man down.a??In our last match against Cardiff, we lost 28-23 so got the bonus point but we had a slow start to the game and it just took us some time to get into it._Cardiff have been improving throughout the season, especially with their 28-9 win over the Ospreys and a 41-23 win over the Dragons so ita?"ll be a very tough game but our guys ready for them.a??The squad also sees a return from long-term injury of prop Ben Prescott as he is named in the list of substitutes.GLASGOW WARRIORS TEAM TO PLAY CARDIFF BLUES IN THE CELTIC LEAGUE, THE ARMS PARK, FRIDAY 24 MARCH (Kick off 7.10pm)15 Graydon Staniforth14 Hefin Oa?"Hare13 Spencer Davey12 Andy Henderson11 Mike Roberts10 Dan Parks9 Sam Pinder1 Kevin Tkachuk2 Scott Lawson*3 Euan Murray*4 Dan Turner5 Craig Hamilton6 Steve Swindall8 Jon Petrie (Captain)7 Donnie MacfadyenSubstitutes from:Lee Harrison, Fergus Thomson, Ben Prescott, Gregor Hayter, James Eddie, John Beattie*, Iain Monaghan (Glasgow Hawks), Calvin Howarth, Iain KennedyUnavailable for selection due to injury/illness: Tim Barker (knee), Scott Barrow (groin), Graeme Beveridge (neck), Stuart Corsar (hip), Rory Lamont (jaw), Graeme Morrison (groin)Released to play for BT Premiership clubs this weekend: Eric Milligan and Colin Shaw (both Glasgow Hawks), Andrew Wilson* (Aberdeen GSFP).*Member of the Scottish Institute of Sport.Glasgow Warriors and Scotland openside flanker Donnie Macfadyen (pictured) will make his return to the team in the Celtic League match against Cardiff Blues tomorrow night following more than a year out through injury.He said: a??Ita?'s been a tough 14A? months._When I originally injured my knee during training we initially thought Ia?'d be out for a month, then it became four months but it ended up being a lot more than that._It was difficult when people kept asking me a??when are you going to be back?a?" and I didna?'t have an answer for them as I kept having setback after setback but at least they were still asking and that spurred me on as it would have been a lot worse if theya?'d not been asking at all!a??The medical team here have been fantastic and have helped me through it all._Now that Ia?"m back playing, ita?'s important for me to take things step by step and build up my game time again._Ia?"m really looking forward to going down to Cardiff._The boys were disappointed with the result against the Blues at home, especially following on from the great win against Munster the week before._Our backs are somewhat against the wall at the moment, we need wins and league points and wea?"re going down there with a lot of determination to turn that result around.a??Warriors head coach Hugh Campbell added: a??Ita?'s great to have Donnie back. Wea?"ve been in the situation that a lot of our best players have been on the injury list for some time._Even now wea?"ve got what are probably three of our most potent backs a?" Rory Lamont, Graeme Morrison and Scott Barrow a?" all out through injury._However thata?'s what squads are all about, being able to fill the gaps when youa?"ve got a man down.a??In our last match against Cardiff, we lost 28-23 so got the bonus point but we had a slow start to the game and it just took us some time to get into it._Cardiff have been improving throughout the season, especially with their 28-9 win over the Ospreys and a 41-23 win over the Dragons so ita?"ll be a very tough game but our guys ready for them.a??The squad also sees a return from long-term injury of prop Ben Prescott as he is named in the list of substitutes.GLASGOW WARRIORS TEAM TO PLAY CARDIFF BLUES IN THE CELTIC LEAGUE, THE ARMS PARK, FRIDAY 24 MARCH (Kick off 7.10pm)15 Graydon Staniforth14 Hefin Oa?"Hare13 Spencer Davey12 Andy Henderson11 Mike Roberts10 Dan Parks9 Sam Pinder1 Kevin Tkachuk2 Scott Lawson*3 Euan Murray*4 Dan Turner5 Craig Hamilton6 Steve Swindall8 Jon Petrie (Captain)7 Donnie MacfadyenSubstitutes from:Lee Harrison, Fergus Thomson, Ben Prescott, Gregor Hayter, James Eddie, John Beattie*, Iain Monaghan (Glasgow Hawks), Calvin Howarth, Iain KennedyUnavailable for selection due to injury/illness: Tim Barker (knee), Scott Barrow (groin), Graeme Beveridge (neck), Stuart Corsar (hip), Rory Lamont (jaw), Graeme Morrison (groin)Released to play for BT Premiership clubs this weekend: Eric Milligan and Colin Shaw (both Glasgow Hawks), Andrew Wilson* (Aberdeen GSFP).*Member of the Scottish Institute of Sport.