Clarets winger Ross Wallace admits he is delighted to be back in contention following a lengthy lay-off after knee surgery.
The Burnley winger was back in the first team squad for the first time in almost six months as a substitute in last weekend’s table-topping clash at Queens Park Rangers.
Months of rehabilitation has meant a lengthy slog for Wallace to regain full fitness.
But as the Clarets gear up for a Turf Moor clash with Millwall this weekend, the flying Scotsman just can’t wait to get back in action!
He admitted: “It’s been a long few months and I’m just dying to get back, so hopefully this weekend I’ll get some minutes on the pitch.
“I’ve been working with the physio team and doing everything in there for the first two or three months, then with (Head of Sports Science) Mark Howard I started running on the grass, getting myself fit and getting my legs nice and strong for when I’m back.”
Wallace, who has played just four games this campaign and last featured against Yeovil at Turf Moor back in August, has been the only long term absentee so far this season, thanks to the hard work of Howard and the physio team.
And he admitted the battle to regain fitness was as much mental, as physical.
He said: “Usually when you’re injured there’s another two or three (players) in there, but I’ve been in there on my own, just cracking on with the physios,
“To be fair, the main thing for me was looking forward to getting back playing and getting my knee right.
“Once you are back on the pitch you don’t remember those days in the gym!”
The Scot, who recently signed a contract extension, was further boosted by featuring for the Development Squad and a full 90-minute, goalscoring run-out in last week’s Lancashire Senior Cup game at Turf Moor
He added: “I’ve played three reserve games, playing 45, 75 and 90 minutes in those games and that’s stood me in good stead.
“For me now it’s pretty simple really; keep training hard and hopefully the more minutes I get on the pitch the better between now and the end of the season.”
A full interview with Ross can be viewed on Clarets Player on Friday.