Steve Bruce is confident that George Boyd will make up for lost time when he returns to the Hull City squad this weekend.
Boyd has missed three games for Hull after being suspended for spitting at Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, which was a charge angrily denied by both the player and Bruce.
The 28-year-old will be available again for Saturday’s clash with Swansea City, and Bruce has praised the attitude of his man for putting the incident behind him and working hard again.
"George is fine. He was obviously disappointed at the time but he'll not let it get to him," Bruce said in the Hull Daily Mail.
"The one thing about George is that he trains every day as if it's his last. You can't keep him down.
"He's one of these players who realises what a great job he's got. Even though he's not played every week, he's always got a smile on his face.
"If you'd said to him six years ago he'd be playing in the Premier League he would have laughed at you, so he loves coming into work every single day.
"He's an absolute joy to watch train and I'm sure he'll want to grab every chance that comes his way between now and the end of the season."
Hull also have an FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United later this month and Bruce has challenged everyone in his squad to keep fighting for a place.
"There's places up for grabs from the team we've been playing so the motivation they all need is there," added Bruce.
"George had played the previous couple of games before his suspension and he's got that life and energy.
"With Robbie Brady being out (for the remainder of the season with a groin injury), he gives you that nice balance on the left hand side. He's in contention for the FA Cup semi-final and for Saturday."