Hurst hungry to boost Saddlers

Hurst: Keen to play

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Kevan Hurst is desperate to get back to full fitness and make an impact on the second half of Walsall's season.

The summer signing broke a bone in his heel at the end of October and missed just over two months of action, finally returning as a second-half substitute in the defeat at Bury at the start of January.

But a setback during that game briefly forced Hurst back to the sidelines before the midfielder on Tuesday got vital minutes under his belt in the reserves' 7-0 defeat to an experienced Stoke side. And he is now looking to be involved in Saturday's trip to former employers Carlisle.

"I just want to get back now," Hurst told the club's official website. "I want to be involved in every game so it's been quite tough to have the relapse after getting a taste of action at Bury earlier this month.

"It was just the way I landed against Bury and it was a lack of calf strength I guess. The pushing off has caused a little pain in the joint. It's nothing to do with the fracture. I had another X-ray and the doctor gave that the all-clear. There's just some stiffness around the joint.

"It's been 10 weeks since I did it so I'm frustrated but I'm just doing all I can to get back and start making an impact."