Aberdeen's Zander Diamond is hoping to put his injury problems behind him by making his first-team return against Kilmarnock.
The 24-year-old defender endured a torrid 2009 with injuries restricting him to just 80 minutes of action since April.
Diamond is now back in full training and is desperate to impress manager Mark McGhee, starting with the visit of Kilmarnock.
The former Scotland Under-21 international admits it has been frustrating watching on from the sidelines and that it will not be easy winning his place back in the side.
Long time coming
"It has been a long time coming and I feel I have already done three pre-seasons this year," he told the Press and Journal.
"As soon as the clock struck midnight on Hogmanay I was glad to see the back of 2009 and now I am just looking forward to getting back - firstly into the squad and then into the team.
"I am not great at watching games. It is frustrating because you cannot influence things on the park.
"When you are not playing you analyse things and look to see what you would do differently. It is a dog-eat-dog business and, while I am not sitting there willing people to make mistakes, I have to be ready to get back and to stay there.
"It is going to be hard. I need to put pressure on the centre-backs and, likewise, they will need to play well to keep me out of the team."