Newcastle United’s Paul Dummett is keen to make up for lost time with club and country ahead of Euro 2016.
The defender is in Wales’s squad for Friday night’s friendly against Holland.
It’s not a nice feeling when you’re known as being injury-prone, and that’s definitely something I want to put right.Paul Dummett
Dummett returned from long-term injury last month.
And the 24-year-old was in the team which beat Bournemouth 1-0 at the weekend.
The result saw the club climb out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.
Now Dummett – who had been out since May – is hoping to stay fit between now and the summer, when Wales will head to France for their first major tournament since 1958.
“It’s a great time to be a part of the squad,” said Dummett. “It’s nice to be going away on the back of a win for Newcastle – that’s the most important thing for me.
“As long as I’m playing well for Newcastle – and winning games – there’s no reason why I can’t keep getting picked for Wales. That’s got to be my attitude for the rest of the season.
“Hopefully, I can get into the squad for the Euros, although it’s going to be tough.”
Dummett, having missed the start of the season through injury, is playing catch-up.
“I was only involved in one of the matches, so it’s up to me to try to push the players who have been playing all the way,” he said.
Dummett suffered hamstring injury late last season as Newcastle fought the threat of relegation.
“It’s been a tough spell,” he said. “I was out injured for five months, and for a while, it just felt like it was one thing after another.
“I injured my knee last season, then just as I was getting back, I injured my hamstring.
“There was a recurrence of that as well, so all in all, it wasn’t nice. It’s not a nice feeling when you’re known as being injury-prone, and that’s definitely something I want to put right.
“I know people have saying things like that, so I need to prove that I’m over all of that now.”
On the Bournemouth game, he added: “It was a massive win against a team that’s near us in the league.
“We didn’t really play as we would have liked to with the ball, but we battled and showed the other side of the game that we have. it takes character from every player to win a game like that.”