Spireites striker Gozie Ugwu has spoken of his delight to have finally returned to full training this week, after four months out through injury.
Ugwu joined the club in the summer from non-league Woking and had made 13 appearances for Town, before injury struck after the home match with Cheltenham Town in September.
Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Ugwu said: “It’s good to be back out there and not being in the gym every day.
“I’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make sure that when I’m back, I’m feeling good and I don’t want to break down again, so I was doing a lot of work in the gym and a lot of running so that when I got back, I’d stay fit.
“It’s great to be training once again with the boys and with the manager, which I haven’t been able to do.”
The extent of the former Yeovil Town man’s injury was quite severe, and a lot of hard work has gone into his comeback. Ugwu praised the work of the club’s medical department during that time, in particular, former physiotherapist, Michael McBride, who has since moved on to Scunthorpe United.
“It was a ruptured quad and it was a high-grade tear,” Ugwu said of his injury. “So, I was out for four months, during my rehabilitation I was doing a lot of strength work, though I couldn’t do too much too soon.
“I had to be really careful, working with the physio Michael was a big help and he made sure I came back stronger.
“It’s now a case of getting match fit and getting my sharpness back, it’s hard to be out there, trying to keep up with the pace when you’ve been out for so long, it’s important to be up to speed before then and hopefully I’ll be out there to help the boys.”
The striker also heaped praise on his team mates, who’ve recorded back to back wins against Luton Town and the Glovers, while he’s also been thankful to manager Jack Lester, who’s been sure to keep in involved with the squad throughout his absence.
“I’ve been speaking to him (Lester) a lot off the pitch and I’ve been sitting in on all the team meetings so that I know what he wants from the players,” he added. “It’s good to have that embedded in me before I get back on the pitch.
“You can see that there’s been an improvement with the players that’ve been brought in and all of the other players have raised their level. We’ve been getting some great results, and long may that continue.”