Peter Haring admits he’s cut a frustrated figure sitting on the sidelines recently but he’s now excited to be back in Edinburgh as he looks to step up his bid to return to action.
The midfielder has missed the start of the season after a pelvic injury forced him to take time out to recover following his appearance in last season’s Scottish Cup Final.
He spent six weeks rehabbing in his native Austria before returning to the capital last weekend – just in time to take in Sunday’s derby victory over Hibs – and he’s revealed how excited he is to be back at the club, but will take things slowly after pushing himself to feature against Celtic at Hampden in May.
Speaking to exclusively to HeartsTV, Peter said: “When you’re away from the team but you know you should be here helping them, you should be out on the pitch playing, it’s hard to really focus on your recovery and not think too much about the team and the football stuff.
“There are moments when you feel really good and think ‘perfect, I’ll go out and play football again’ and then it hits you back twice. It’s a really difficult injury to manage and you have to be patient.
“That’s probably the most difficult thing for a football player or a sports person. If you feel well then you want to be out on the pitch or back training but sometimes you just shouldn’t do that which is the most difficult thing about this type of injury.
“I got an injection last season, before we played the cup final against Celtic. After that I felt really good. There was no pain at all so I said that I was fit and I want to play that game. It was not really like the gaffer rushed me to play or anything like that.
“I was really comfortable with my body and I felt fine to play the game. That’s why I played. If I felt that I couldn’t help the team because I was sore then I wouldn’t have played.
“It was the first cup final in my life and it was an experience that nobody can take away from me. It was a really great experience, even though the result didn’t go for us.
“I have to be fit again and back in shape before I go back out and play football. That’s obvious. I’m really looking forward to the next couple of weeks, to be back outside running and playing football and get back into condition.
“It was the best way to recover (going back to Austria), for me, for the last six weeks. But now I’m really happy to be happy to be back here.”
Peter’s interview is available to watch in full on HeartsTV by clicking here.