I trained for a week before realising my foot was broken, says fit-again Albrighton
09:03 GMT, 20 September 2012
Marc Albrighton trained for a week before realising he'd broken his foot. But now the Aston Villa winger is ready to get his season started.
The 22-year-old missed most of the pre-season after spending the past three months on the sidelines.
While this weekend's visit to Southampton could come too soon, Albrighton is hoping new boss Paul Lambert will hand him his first start of the season at home to Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion a week later.
Fit again: Marc Albrighton is looking to get his season started after three frustrating months on the sidelines
'I have been out for three months,' he said. 'It’s dragged out like it’s been years.
'But then you see Gary Gardner coming in with a cruciate injury and it puts it into perspective. It opens your eyes. It’s a setback, a little knock in reality, and nothing to get too down about.
'I ran down the line, went to pass the ball and change direction and ended up with a stress fracture in my foot.
'I trained on it for a week because I didn’t know I had done anything. It kept getting worse each day and when I went for a scan it came back that I had a stress fracture. It was a shock.'
With the visit of Steve Clarke's Baggies on September 30 in mind, Albrighton is confident he can regain his sharpness in time for the Villa Park derby.
'I started training on Sunday and I did some more on Tuesday. Hopefully I’ll have a couple of weeks to get sharp and then I can get going again.
'I have been doing full training with the group. I have had a few sessions with the fitness coach and the physios previously and it went fine. Touch wood, I’m back now. It’s a dream come true to be back.
'Watching the lads over the last couple of games has been fantastic, but there’s nothing like getting a kit on and going out to play. It will be nice to get the chance to do that.'