Striker Recovers From Surgery
Tom Barkhuizen has returned to first-team training following seven weeks on the sidelines due to injury.
The 20-year-old striker, who sustained a fractured and dislocated collarbone against Middlesbrough in January, participated in his first session again yesterday.
"I'm delighted to be back and I'm just raring to go now," he told the official website. "It's great to be back after a long two months and hopefully I can help the lads out when I'm fully-fit again."
Not yet ready to be in contention for Championship fixtures, the former youth team product will look to impress Barry Ferguson in any forthcoming behind-closed-doors games.
"I'll need a good couple of weeks before I'm even ready to be considered for the main games. I just need to train this week, play a couple of friendly games and see where we go from there. I just need to impress the manager. If he thinks I'm ready and wants to put me back in after that then hopefully I can get back in.
"Fergie probably knows me better than anyone here. We got along quite well when he was a player so it's not like someone new coming in who doesn't know the lads. Hopefully I can impress him."
One thing that has already made an impression on Barkhuizen is the training schedule that Ferguson has in place for the players.
"It was tough, a lot tougher than I thought it was going to be. Everything is high-intensity, probably the most since I've been a professional. It's great for the lads and hopefully we can take how well we're training into the games," he added.