Chris Basham admitted putting his boots back on in training was a fantastic feeling, as his spell on the side lines approaches its conclusion.
The midfielder picked up an innocuous looking ankle injury in the Blackburn game, but will have been out of action for the best part of a month when the Birmingham trip comes around.
The 25-year-old has pencilled in the St Andrews trip for his return, with the international break providing him with an extra weeks rest.
“The international break has come at the right time, because I didn’t want to rush back and hurt it again, putting me out for another two or three weeks,” said Basham.
“I can’t wait to be back involved; I had my boots on which was a nice feeling.
“By the back end of this week I’ll certainly be training with the lads again, and looking forward to the Birmingham game. I’ve not lost much fitness, because I’d been playing every game, so I should be fine.
“I’ll definitely be involved at Birmingham if everything goes well this week which will be good, that is the main thing.”
Basham was watching from the stands on Saturday, as Blackpool were beaten by Ipswich Town, bringing a seven match unbeaten run to an end.
Despite that, Basham feels the versatility and character of the squad is something that will guide The Seasiders through the winter months.
“Everyone is filling in everywhere, Bish is playing all over and Bradley played left back on Saturday - that is what the lads are like, we don’t mind doing that.
“I was at the game Saturday and a bit disappointed we couldn’t see it out. It wasn’t the best we’ve played all season, but we’ll have games like that.
“December will be busy with all the games, but we have belief. We’ve beaten the teams around us, so let’s keep going.
“We’ve been on a great run, we might have a little stumble, but there is no team better than us we’ve faced so far and I think we’ve proved it. Against Ipswich we had lads playing in different positions, we had four or five players out and the Captain was not there. Beating Nottingham Forest was a brilliant result, so we’ll put Ipswich behind us, go to Birmingham and beat them.”