Ipswich Town midfielder Owen Garvan is determined to return to football stronger than ever.
The 18-year-old is currently out of action after being diagnosed as suffering from post viral fatigue syndrome.
Garvan has admitted he struggled to cope in the early days of his illness, but is getting to terms with his condition and is eager to return to action.
However, Garvan is not setting any dates on a comeback and is just taking things one step at a time.
"It was difficult to accept at first, but I am handling it okay now. It might take some time, but I am determined to be back full of beans as soon as possible," said Garvan.
"I am on the mend. For a while I could not get out of bed on my own. I had no energy and needed help.
"I have been told that the next move has to come from me, and that I will know when I am strong enough to start thinking about training again.
"It is very frustrating and I rarely go up to the training ground any more as it makes it worse seeing everybody else running around. At the moment I am allowed one walk a day.
"There has been an improvement. But I have been told that it is likely to be a slow process. I will be doing all I can to get back, but I cannot set any dates yet."