Southend United’s Michael Timlin is recovering from his elbow injury well, and hopes to be back playing in October to help push Blues up the League 2 table.
Timlin dislocated his elbow in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Tottenham Hotspur in July and has been missing for Phil Brown’s side since the start of the season.
The experienced midfielder is happy with how things are progressing, and just as he always does, is hoping to be back playing sooner than others expected.
He said: “It has been very frustrating not to be involved at the start of the season, but everyone knows I deal with that frustration easier now after the type of injuries I’ve had in the past and the duration of them.
“I’m doing more work outside now on the ball, doing running with the fitness coaches and Ben (Clarkson, Head Physio) is happy with how everything has gone so far.
“I see a specialist on September 15th and that will be the eight week period from when it happened and the specialist feels the ligaments will be at their strongest.
“Then they have said it’ll be another month to make sure the arm is strong enough so it is looking like mid to late October, but I’m hoping that once I have the brace off it will only be a couple of weeks.
“I seem to be able to come back quicker than expected so hopefully it has healed well, I feel good when the brace comes off, and I can really kick on in training.
“Over the last couple of days I’ve taken some part in training as a floater and I’ll continue progressing until the brace comes off.
“I can’t wait to be back involved, it’s always disappointing to be watching from the sidelines but I’ve every confidence in the squad we’ve got here.”