"It has been extremely tough but now it is about looking forward and remaining focused. It was difficult being injured but people have serious injuries in football. Mine was a bit complicated and it took a while to get to the bottom of it.
"But running out in front of 50,000 people makes it all worthwhile. Although maybe I haven't had the matchtime, the level and intensity of our training sessions means if anything I am probably fitter than I may have been."