Fulham striker Andy Johnson has admitted it was hard to cope with such a long spell on the sidelines.
Johnson returned to first-team action as a substitute in the 2-1 defeat at West Brom last weekend and will continue his comeback against Wigan on Saturday.
He had been struggling with injuries for about a year and is thrilled to be back involved again.
The 29-year-old concedes that staying positive was difficult during such a long absence.
"I'd never spent such a long period on the sidelines and it was very frustrating," said Johnson.
"It was something mentally hard that I had to deal with.
"The fans mostly see the glitz and the glamour, the nice cars and the nice houses and all the other rubbish connected with football that appears in the newspapers and magazines.
"This was the other side of the game. For me, it was very tough."