Uche Ikpeazu has revealed he never doubted that he would be back stronger than ever despite initial fears his season could be over.
The big striker was forced to sit on the sidelines for four months after injuring his foot against Motherwell back in October.
Although he was well aware of the worst case scenario – that he might not play again this campaign – the fans’ favourite doubled down and worked his tail off to get back in to peak condition, and was rewarded with a substitute appearance in the midweek draw with Livingston.
“It was supposed to be a lot longer, so to be back so soon is a testament to the hard work of myself and the staff,” he said. “It was supposed to be six or seven months I was out for.
“People think it was the collision with the Motherwell keeper, but it wasn’t. One of their defenders stood on my foot and it caused a movement in the bones, I don’t know the ins and outs of it, but it twisted and broke a bone, but I’ve recovered well.
“It was crazy, everyone was getting injured but it’s just Peter we’re waiting for now.
“It doesn’t help to have company in the treatment room, it’s not good for morale, I don’t wish injury upon anyone but having company can help motivate each other.
“I thought my season was over. They have to give you the worst-case scenario, but I’ve had four operations so I know how to bounce back.
“I knew if I worked hard and did the right things, I’d be back quicker, and I want to be back to my best soon.
“We need to focus on one game at a time, but I see no reason, once I get match sharpness back, I believe I can get back to my best and that the team can too.
“I know we can hit the early season form again when we were top of the league, we have a good chemistry and energy.
“I just feel we need to get the basics right and build that momentum, and anything’s possible. We’ll see how it pans out.
“We’d definitely be up there challenging had it not been for the injuries but these things happen. It’s up to us to bounce back.”