Morecambe’s Chris McCready admits he is looking forward to returning to normality as he nears a comeback from a broken collarbone.
The experienced central defender has been out since picking up the injury against Plymouth at the end of August.
And the 32-year-old is pleased to be coming back into a team that have risen to fifth in League 2 in his absence despite finding it difficult to watch at times.
McCready said: “It’s great that the team’s doing well, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I want us to win every game that we’re in whether I’m playing or not but personally it is difficult to watch.
“Especially when you’re used to the routine of playing every Saturday and training gearing up for a Saturday.
“When that’s gone it’s a bit weird. I have to have other things going on to take my mind off it.
“Thankfully I’ve got two kids at home that keep me busy.
“It’ll be great to be back to some sort of normality though.”
The defender got the all clear from his surgeon last week and could feature in the FA Cup first round tie against Southend on Saturday after playing 45 minutes in the reserve win at Oldham on Tuesday.
He said: “I’m feeling good.
“I’ve been training for a few days and it’s gone pretty well.
“I saw the surgeon last week and it’s all healed up.
“The reserves was fine on Tuesday.
“It was good to put the kit on again and feel like a footballer.
“We’ll just have to see if I’m involved on Saturday.”
Looking back at the injury, coming in a physical clash with Plymouth’s Marvin Morgan, McCready admits the pain is something he’s tried to blank out.
He said: “It wasn’t a nice afternoon.
“I had to wait a couple of days for the operation and then the pain settled down.
“It wasn’t the most pleasant bang I’ve had.
“You get a few knocks and stuff but I’ve never had anything that was that painful.
“Luckily it’s all on the mend now.”
McCready is just looking forward to the first challenge on a match day, having thrown himself back into training.
He said: “I would imagine there might be some hesitation but I’ve just tried to throw myself into training.
“I’ve tried to forget about it and someone will knock me over and I’ll get up and get on with it like I’m used to doing.
“It’ll take time and full training will help.
“You can only replicate so much in the gym.”