Jim McAlister is gradually stepping up his recovery again after suffering a setback in his efforts to return from long-term injury.
The midfielder, who fractured his tibia against Colchester United in February 2017, made his first appearance in 11 months against Shrewsbury Town at the turn of the year, however the joy was quickly overshadowed when a training ground tackle led to fears of another break.
Fortunately, those fears were allayed when a scan revealed severe bruising.
“The knock was pretty serious. At the time I was worried because of the impact and the noise,” McAlister revealed. “When I came together with Will (Aimson) I thought it was broken again, but it turned out to be severe bone bruising, which is the stage before a fracture.
“I was very lucky, but mentally I now know that I can take a hit on it and withstand it.”
Though the news was positive in the grand scheme of things, spending another period on the sidelines has been tough for the 32-year-old.
“It was very frustrating having another setback like that because it was only the week before when I had some game time in the Checkatrade Trophy,” he said.
“When you do all that rehab work you think you’ve finally got over that final hurdle, so to receive that setback was tough.
“It’s definitely improved a lot though, having originally been told to put no impact on the leg for up to eight weeks.
“I wouldn’t say I was completely comfortable running on it yet, but I don’t think I’m too far away. Hopefully just a couple of weeks,” he added.