Defender Tom Miller returns to the grindstone for Lincoln City
Tom Miller is relieved a month of misery is finally over as he closes in on a long-awaited return from injury.
The Lincoln City defender has declared himself fit for this weekend's trip to Tamworth as the Imps search for a second straight win.
Miller has not played since the 2-1 defeat against Newport last month having aggravated his hip flexor in the warm-up prior to the home clash against Macclesfield.
But he returned to training on Monday and turned down a day off yesterday because he wanted to work on his fitness.
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And he says he is ready and raring to go as the Imps look to take the Lambs to the slaughter.
"It's been a really horrible and frustrating month because I hate being sat in the stands," he said. "It's been a question of being patient, but I felt okay to train on Monday and there were no problems.
"In fact, it felt really good and there's not been any reaction.
"Even though we had a day off yesterday, I still went in because I want to work on my fitness.
"I feel ready and I'll be fine for the weekend. It's a big game for us, especially having won last weekend. We need to start stringing wins together because there's no doubt we have the quality to do it."
Miller's return will certainly give Lincoln manager David Holdsworth a lift as he was a key performer in the opening stages of the season.
He kept a clean sheet in the opening day win against Kidderminster and was unlucky to be on the losing side against Cambridge and his former club Newport.
Now, Miller is hoping he can continue where he left off having built a good partnership with Andrew Boyce.
"I felt I did okay at the start of the season until I picked up the injury," he said. "The aim is to get back in the team and carry on where I left off.
"It was a frustrating time to get injured because I was just building up a good understanding with 'Boycey'.
"But as you have seen we have had so many injuries that partnerships all over the pitch have been affected.
"Hopefully, we can get a few more players back and get that continuity going again because that's so important."
Miller's return will at least lighten the load for physio Sam Rees, whose treatment table is still extremely busy.
Alan Power, Adam Smith, Rob Duffy and Conal Platt are all still sidelined.
Imps boss David Holdsworth said he was hoping to have more players back in the next fortnight.
"Tom's return is a big boost for us," he said.
"It's no secret we have been low on bodies. Hopefully, this is just the start of a bit of positive news in terms of getting injured players back."