NICKY Bailey is ready to make his Millwall return at Huddersfield Town tomorrow after two months on the sidelines.
Bailey tore his calf muscle in a pre-season friendly against Real Mallorca – and the problem worsened when he came on as substitute against Fulham in August.
But the midfielder’s injury has now fully healed and he is hoping to make his comeback against the Terriers after completing a rigorous rehab program.
“My calf is fine now,” he told the Southwark News. “I’ve been out for a long time but we’ve been really cautious and, touch wood, hopefully everything is right with it.
“It’s been very frustrating. I’ve never been injured before at the start of a season so missing these games has been a bit of a shock for me.
“But you can’t help it when you get a muscle injury, it’s just one of those things. I’ve been working hard to get back since it happened and hopefully I won’t break down again.”
Bailey’s return against former club Fulham proved a false dawn.
“I felt fine during the game but I stiffened up afterwards,” he explained. “The scan showed it was a grade two tear.
“Fulham was a massive game for me personally so maybe I did rush back but I’d trained for three or four days that week and it was fine.
“I wasn’t feeling anything but with hindsight maybe I should have left it a week longer.”
This time around, Millwall have been more careful with Bailey.
“I’ve had a week outside with the physios, another week of full training and then I played 60 minutes for the U21s on Monday,” he said.
“I was in the squad for the Nottingham Forest game but the manager said he didn’t want to risk me. But I’m pushing to be involved on Saturday.
“Training everyday is helping and I will get fitter that way, but there’s nothing like match fitness. I think I’m ready to come back in now.”