Queens Park Rangers striker Jamie Mackie has expressed his delight after putting a nine-month injury nightmare behind him.
The Scotland international has been sidelined since suffering a double leg break in the FA Cup tie against Blackburn at the start of January.
He has been gradually regaining fitness and, despite only coming back to full training last Friday, was given a run-out for the reserves in Wednesday's clash with Brighton.
Mackie came on for the final 20 minutes as QPR's second string ran out 5-3 winners, and has earned praise from manager Neil Warnock for his attitude.
Warnock believes Mackie could be pushing for a first-team recall very soon, telling the club's official website: "I have never seen anyone work as hard as him to get fit.
"He can't wait to be involved with the first team again, so let's hope everything carries on the way it's going for him at the moment.
"He will continue to train with us now, and hopefully get 90 minutes for the reserves next week, and then we'll look to get him involved."
People to repay
Mackie admits it has been a frustrating period on the sidelines but he is confident of coming back stronger than ever.
"Friday was the first full day back with the boys, and it felt amazing to be out there with them - it's been too long!" he said.
"It has been a difficult time because there have been so many ups and downs since the injury.
"I think if I had known from the off that I would be out for nine months, it would probably have been easier to handle but I was always trying to come back earlier.
"But it definitely makes you a stronger person, and it makes you appreciate what you've got when you come back.
"I have got a lot of people to repay when I return and I am going to do that by scoring goals."