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Florent Cuvelier fighting fit for Walsall

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New Walsall signing Florent Cuvelier insists he is over the injury problems that have blighted him for the past few years.

The midfielder, who enjoyed two successful loan spells with the Saddlers back in 2012, has played just 24 games since leaving the Banks's Stadium.

Cuvelier suffered a career-threatening knee injury while playing for Port Vale on loan from Sheffield United in 2014.

But cruciate ligament injuries are an area of expertise for Walsall boss Jon Whitney.

And, with his help, the Belgian expects to recapture the form that saw him become one of the best performers in League One.

The 23-year-old said: "Unfortunately, I had a bad knee injury but that is behind me now.

"I am fit, the gaffer is looking after me and making sure I will be as fit and as fresh as I can be for the first game of the season against Wimbledon.

"Jon's knowledge is really important. I think part of the reason I have missed games was due to a bit of misunderstanding about my body.

"Managers wanted to rush me back when I needed a bit more time.It's crucial to have someone who can work with you on that and the gaffer here can do that."

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Cuvelier scored the goal that ensured Walsall retained their League One status back in 2012.

And he admits he is thrilled to have returned to the club where he has such fond memories.

He added: "I'm delighted to be back. Obviously, I have had two successful loan spells here before.

"I truly enjoyed every second of those loan spells and now to say I am actually officially a Saddler it's a great feeling.

"The club has made some giant steps forward so it's very encouraging."

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