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Soufian raring to go

27th February 2015

El Hassnaoui wants to put injury hell behind him and fire Hearts to Championship glory.

Soufian El Hassnaoui admits he’s been frustrated with his start to life at Hearts, but is aiming to make up for lost time before the season ends.

The Dutch-Moroccan has fallen foul of injury on more than one occasion this campaign, restricting his appearances in a maroon shirt to 11.

The striker is fit and raring to go now, though, and he wants to play as much football as possible.

Talking to the press at Tynecastle this morning, Soufian said: "If a lot of injuries come in one year then of course it’s frustrating and disappointing as well but that’s football. You have to accept it and just keep going.

“I haven’t played one game where I’ve been fully fit this season. I’ve been injury-free but not at the fitness that I used to have.

“Of course, it’s disappointing but I just have to work hard to keep going and come back and not get injured again.

“Sometimes it’s easy if you come back to get another injury. I’m sure it won’t happen this time.

“We still have a few games and I’m fit now. If the gaffer needs me then I’m there.

“My ambition is to play as much as possible. Our big ambition is to be champions, but we still have to see what is going to happen.”

Soufian has been in and around the matchday squad for the past few weeks and he’s seen enough to know that tomorrow’s game against Cowdenbeath will be a tough test, despite the difference in league positions.

“Definitely, it can be just as dangerous playing against a team from the bottom as it is a team from the top,” he said. “You can lose from every team, not only from Rangers or Hibs.

“You can lose from every team in this league. Sometimes they just settle in and wait for you to make the mistake and just want to score on the counter-attack. Maybe it’s sometimes more dangerous.

“We just have to be careful and play our own game and be focused. If we do that then I’m sure we will win this game.”