Mark Davies has expressed his joy as the midfielder returned to training this week after missing the last two months with a shoulder injury.
The 24-year-old sustained the injury against Huddersfield at the beginning of December, but the central-midfielder joined back up with the first team at Euxton on Monday.
Davies has been pleased with the speed of his recovery and can’t wait to get back out onto the field, but he insists that he faces tough competition if he wants to regain his place back in Dougie Freedman’s side.
"I am progressing well,” Davies said. “Because of the nature of the injury, I have been able to get back to fitness work relatively quickly, so I have been able to keep up on track with that.
"Obviously there's a difference with match fitness and match sharpness but hopefully I won't be too far off the pace when I come back.
"I am working to a scheduled plan as regards to rehab and gradually building up work with the first team.
"It's always frustrating when you are injured because you want to be out there playing your part.
"The Manager has been great with me and I have been well looked after by the medical staff.
“There’s real competition for places Darren Pratley and Jay Spearing have been doing well and Josh Vela has come in and shown his quality, while Medo Kamara joined us in the transfer window and of course we have Keith Andrews who's out injured at the moment, and Stuart Holden is coming through too, so we have a real fight on to get in the team.
“My target is to get back as soon as I can and look to work hard and get in the team.”