Osaze Urhoghide has spoken of his delight at being back out on the training pitch after recovering from a lengthy spell out.
The young defender hasn’t featured in a first team game since February and picked up a knee injury in training when football returned after lockdown in the summer.
But Urhoghide has made positive strides towards a full recovery, with minutes for the Under-23s and now full training with Garry Monk’s squad.
He said: “It feels great to be honest, I had a long time out with my knee injury and it was quite frustrating but it was good to be back with the team and training again.
“I’ve just missed that working hard so it’s good to be back out there with the team, I’m feeling pretty strong so I’m back into it now.”
The 20-year-old gave special praise to Chey Dunkley, who is also making excellent progress towards his return to action.
The duo have been pushing each other on in their respective rehabilitations.
“Chey has a lot of experience,” Urhoghide said. “I did my rehab with him. It’s obviously tough, mentally, being injured for that long and with him having a long term injury too – we’ve got to know each better and it’s been really good pushing each other on.
“The mentality and togetherness of the team is strong and we are really enjoying being together and training hard so hopefully we can push on now.”