Sidelined midfielder Gary Liddle is making good progress with his injury but has not put on time scale on a return to the Notts County first team.
Liddle suffered ankle ligament damage following a nasty challenge in the December fixture with Bristol City at Meadow Lane.
Early signs have been positive as last season’s Player of the Year does not require surgery but the road to recovery remains a long journey.
Rather than the training pitch, Liddle has been spending his days in the gym and in the swimming pool but is feeling stronger each day.
The County number four is desperate to pull on his boots again but will not rush into a comeback.
“It’s different because I’ve played a number of games over the years and I haven’t been injured in any of that, so it is a little bit different spending my time in the gym with the physios,” he told Magpie Player.
“I’ve got my head around it now and although it’s frustrating sitting in the stands watching I am working hard to get back as quickly as possible.
“It’s feeling great at the moment and it’s still not going to be any time soon I don’t think.
"Things are going well and I’m doing a lot of time on bikes, in the swimming pool and on the cross trainers.
“I feel like I’m training for a triathlon more than for football but I’m keeping my fitness up which is the main thing and when I am fit I’ll hopefully be ready to come back in.
“I’m just taking each day as it comes and progression is the key word and I’ve progressed things on again with the workload.
“Hopefully one day soon the physios will tell me that I’m ready to get back out there.”
He added: “I’m massively desperate to get back playing, I’ve been sat with the fans and you’re on the edge of your seat edging the team on.
“When you’re out injured you feel as though if you were out there you could help the team a little bit.
“It’s important that I don’t rush back too soon, as I don’t want to come back and break down in the first game back because that’s the season over.
“I’ll take the physios' advice and take my time because when I do come back I want to be 100 per cent fit.”
Watch the full interview with Liddle on Magpie Player.