Doncaster Rovers’ Jamie McCombe made his return from injury by playing 60 minutes in the reserves against Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday.
The defender made his first appearance for the club since last season’s dramatic final day victory over Brentford and the official website caught up with him to find out about his recovery.
“It was good to get back out there and play again, it was the first time I had played in seven months so I was blowing a lot when I came off after 60 minutes, but it was just nice to be able to put the shirt on again and get some time on the pitch.
“It’s been tough watching from the side lines and frustrating that I haven’t been able to play, but the lads who have been playing, particularly the youngsters, have done really well.
“Hopefully I’ll play again in the reserves next week in a practise game and gain some more match fitness, it’s just a matter of playing games and getting back to the right level, which will take a bit of time.
“There have been so many injuries this season, myself, Rob Jones, Khumalo, Keegan, Robinson, so it’s been difficult for the club and it all happened when the gaffer was unable to bring any cover in the forms of transfers or loans.
“We have a really good squad here, everyone is together and plays for each other, there is a really good team spirit, we’ve got players returning from injury now and I think we can really kick on.
“It’s going to be tough for me to break back into the first team, I am really going to have to fight for my place and earn the right to be there.
“We’ve got 21 league games left and no matter if you play, 5, 10 or 15 games in a season, players can make a difference in these matches and I’m looking to do that.”