"I just want to get back playing football now," he told Boro World.
"I feel quite fit but, obviously my match sharpness will come with time.
"When I'm back in the swing of things I'll be doing my very best to challenge Luke Young who the manager has brought in.
"I'm a determined lad and I want to push on and play in the first team. Gareth has brought players in but he said to all of us the other day, 'It's competition for places'."