“They don’t need me at the moment,” says striker Jack Redshaw who is in good spirits over Morecambe’s excellent form during his enforced absence.
The Shrimps’ attacking players have all chipped in during the early weeks of the season to help Jim Bentley’s side to a promising start.
It has allayed fears of how Morecambe would cope without the goals of the former Manchester City youngster, last season’s top scorer.
But news of Redshaw’s ever nearing return to action after hip surgery is still certainly music to the ears of the Globe Arena fans, as well as the man himself.
“I can’t wait to be back and I just want to prove I can do well for the team and score goals again,” said the 22-year-old who notched 16 goals last season.
“But I don’t think they need me at the moment!
“They’re doing alright without me and have been flying lately and I hope it continues.”
The diminutive front man pulled on his boots to do some running last Thursday, the first time he’d done so since he went under the knife 10 weeks ago.
It has obviously been a very frustrating time for the popular forward.
“It’s my first proper injury,” Redshaw said.
“I’ve only just had little niggles, dead legs, nothing serious. I’ve not been able to do that much. I was on crutches for the first six weeks.
“Then I’ve been swimming, doing upper body weights and plenty of stretching.
“It’s very frustrating, every player wants to be playing.
“Obviously when you get an injury it’s hard to take and you’ve got to get on with it.
“But I enjoy the gym and like working out so it’s different for me. You get a lot of players who don’t like the gym so it’s always going to be harder for them.”
It perhaps Redshaw’s commitment to fitness that is part of the reason that his return is ahead of schedule with a November comeback looking more likely than Christmas, as originally expected.
Despite the good news, Redshaw knows he is still has a lot of hard work ahead of him before his name is back on the Shrimps teamsheet.
“I actually felt a bit nervous running,” he said.
“But the physio (Simon Farnworth) will be there with me and monitoring what I do.
“I see the specialist in two weeks and I’ll know more then. I’ve just got to see how the running goes and I they say it’s usually 16 weeks before you train with the team again so that’ll be November.”