Mark Howard was pleased to step up his recovery from long-term injury with a Central League Cup appearance against Morecambe in midweek.
The goalkeeper, who ruptured his Achilles away at Burton Albion in March, made his first outing between the sticks and came through 45 minutes of Wednesday’s reserve game unscathed.
“It’s not nice being out injured. It’s been a long six months and I’ve been working hard to get back to this point. It was nice to get out there and play again on Wednesday,” Howard said.
“I’ve had no setbacks and everything has gone really smoothly. I’ve had to work really hard to get to this point and I feel good and confident with it. I now just want to get back in the mix.”
Though a fair bit of his recovery has come during the off-season, the 33-year-old admits watching the team play without him has been difficult.
“I’ve missed 16 first-team games and every one of them hurts, watching them and not being involved. It’s nice to now feel like I’m getting there and getting closer again.
“The Morecambe game was a good start on the step to coming back, but I can’t say when I’ll be back fully because that’s up to the manager to decide,” he added.