Andy Wright admits battling injury was a lot tougher than he ever expected.
The Morecambe midfielder saw a troublesome groin problem eventually diagnosed as a hernia issue that needed surgery - the first serious injury of the 30-year-old’s career.
It’s given me a little bit more enthusiasm for the game than I’ve had in a while
Now he is back and impressed in the middle of the park as the Shrimps put in two improved away displays at Oxford and Luton.
“It was a strange one,” said Wright.
“I don’t think anyone could really put a finger on it and the specialist diagnosed it as a hernia which seemed strange at the time but touch wood everything seems to be great.
“I broke my foot early on in my career but that was only four or five weeks out.
“This has dragged on since about 12 months ago really and then came to a head in December of last year.
“It’s been a testing time the past few months and it’s a great feeling to be back.”
Wright has been in and around the club throughout his injury problems but says he realised just how much he’d been missing out on after putting in a man of the match display in the fine win at Luton on Saturday.
“Sitting in the changing room after the game that feeling, I’ve missed it,” said Wright.
“It’s something that’s difficult to describe unless you’ve actually felt it.
“I didn’t think I’d miss it that much.
“I don’t want to say I’ve been away from football, because I’ve been around the lads, but being away from the playing side it does make you miss it.
“It’s given me, I guess, a little bit more enthusiasm for the game than I’ve had in a while.”
After the win at Luton Wright knows The Shrimps have to produce more of the same when bottom of the table Hartlepool visit the Globe Arena on Saturday.
“Coming off the Luton win we’ve got to back it up with a win at home to bottom of the league,” he said.
“I know it’s said all the time but anyone in this league can beat anyone and we’re not going into this game taking Hartlepool lightly.
“We can’t afford to do it.”
Recording back-to-back wins could be the start of an interesting run in for The Shrimps with Wright well aware of what is possible.
“There’s usually one team that comes from out of nowhere,” he said.
“We’re not even going to come out of nowhere, we’re in touching distance.
“Two or three wins back-to-back and the picture changes.”