By Joe Brewin
Kelly Smith is fit and raring to go after her three-month lay-off with injury - and believes a spell on the sidelines has been beneficial.
The striker has yet to feature for Laura Harvey’s side since rejoining Arsenal Ladies in March after aggravating a stress fracture picked up on England duty.
But fit-again Smith is likely to appear in Sunday’s crucial Women’s Super League clash against Birmingham at Meadow Park - and the 33-year-old is relishing her imminent return to action.
“It's been a long time coming and I have been out for three months now,” Smith told Arsenal.com. “The last couple of weeks have gone by quite quickly since I have been back training with the girls.
“I am just looking forward to the game against Birmingham on Sunday now and hopefully I will play some part in it.
“It is frustrating for me because I made the injury worse. I would have been back playing now, originally when there was a crack in the bone I would have been out for six weeks.
“It was all down to my own fault really and I have had to live with that. But it is in the past now, I am fresh and I am ready to hopefully help the team win on Sunday.
“I have kept myself in and around the team, and just watching games at the Euros has kept the buzz alive for me. I feel that the rest has probably done me good.”
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