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COVENTRY`S prodigious Belgian winger, Laurent Delorge has told Belgian press of his delight that he can finally resurrect his promising career with Coventry after fighting through a series of devastating injuries.

20-year-old Delorge is finally contending for a place in the first team after being sidelined with a knee injury 45 minutes into his first appearance for the Sky Blues in a reserve fixture.

The youngster, who cost the club £1.25 million when he signed from Belgian side Ghent, was on the bench for Coventry`s clash with Tottenham - and was delighted that he was back on track.

"Since Christmas I have had a fresh start with the side and apart from one week where I picked up a knock to my knee I have been trouble free," Delorge told the Belgian press.

"I have only had a few reserve games and obviously I don`t expect to get straight in to the first team - especially when they have being running so well without me but it`s great to get on the bench.

"I have always had confidence in my ability and I know that people back home believe in me.

"You have to expect things to go wrong occasionally. Injuries are not planned - I could just have easily been injured at Gent. And who is to say that I would have got the same patience in Gent?

"I have never proved myself at the highest level - Over there maybe I would have been forgotten.

The youngster was glad to see fellow countryman Cedric Roussel making such a successful start at the club: "His form helps me believe that I haven`t burnt my bridges by coming here - Few people believed that he would be as essential in one of the most demanding championships as he was in Belgium.

"He is really cut out for English football. It constitutes a beautiful example indeed to be followed.

Patrick Goss