HULL, England- Evandro is eager to enjoy an injury-free 2018 as he looks to showcase his talents in black in amber.
This weekend marks the first anniversary of the Brazilian’s switch to the KCOM Stadium from Portuguese giants FC Porto, although his first 12 months at the Club have been far from plain sailing with injuries limiting him to just seven league starts and one goal for the Tigers.
However, there is now light at the end of the tunnel for the 31-year-old, who made his first start since mid-May 2017 in Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup Third Round success away at Blackburn.
Evandro produced a pleasing performance at Ewood Park despite his lack of match fitness, with the midfielder keen to build on the display by remaining injury-free as he looks to play his part in helping Nigel Adkins’ side move up the Sky Bet Championship table.
“It has been a horrible year for me in terms of football and I was extremely frustrated with how the past 12 months have gone on the pitch,” he said.
“I came to England with the aim of playing in one of the best leagues in the world, but sadly I kept picking up injuries which have stopped me playing games.
“Hopefully that is behind me now though. I know I have to keep working hard to get fit and be in the best physical condition I can possibly be. I want nothing more than to be back on the KCOM pitch but I have to stay focused.
“I think my only aim (for 2018) can be to get back fit and contribute to the team during the next year.
“2017 was a very difficult year for me with the injuries, but I’ve got to believe 2018 will be better for me and I can finally show the fans what I can do on the football pitch.
“They have been very supportive of me in what has been a very difficult period of my career, so I can’t wait to wear the shirt on a regular basis once again.
“The Championship looks very physical and very tough. I didn’t know too much about the Championship before I came to England but in the summer a lot of people told me how fast-paced and direct the league is.
“It’s difficult, but I’m looking forward to tasting a proper bit of action in the league.”
Meanwhile, due to Hull’s progress in the Emirates FA Cup, the Sky Bet Championship home fixture against Leeds United FC has been rescheduled.
Originally set to be played on Saturday, January 27, the game will now take place at the KCOM Stadium on Tuesday, January 30 with kick-off at 7.45pm (+3GMT).
Hull is still awaiting final confirmation on the date and ticket details for Fourth Round home tie with Nottingham Forest, which will be played over the weekend of January 26 to 28.
-Report sourced from www.hullcitytigers.com