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Simon Davies hopes to be over the worst of his injury nightmare having delivered a fine display in Sunday’s FA Cup win over Notts County. The Welsh winger, troubled by a persistent foot problem for much of the last 18 months, opened the scoring against the League Two and, just as importantly, came through the 90 minutes unscathed.

It was the first time this season that I’ve played back-to-back games. I managed 60 minutes last Tuesday which was good and it always helps when you’re winning.

The pace of the game had died off towards the end on Sunday and originally I was going to come off but I stayed on to get the 90 minutes under my belt. Hopefully that will make me stronger.

When you’re not up to full speed you’re susceptible to little niggles but I felt stronger as the game went on. It made sense to push myself towards the end. It generally takes for or five games to get up and running but I’m enjoying it out there and it was good to score on Sunday.

I’m hoping to play a big part in the end of the season and it’s exciting on all fronts. We’re doing well in the Premier League; we’re in the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup and in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League.

It’s a massive game for the Club on Thursday and it signals how far we’ve come in the two years since the Manager arrived. You want to test yourself against the best teams in Europe and Shakhtar are one of the best teams – they won the competition last year so we’re all eager and looking forward to testing ourselves against them.