Nathan Ralph says he is feeling stronger as he continues to recover from the dislocated shoulder he sustained against Burton Albion in December.
With uncertainty over when football will be back, Ralph told southendunited.co.uk he’s doing the best he can in the difficult situation everyone is facing right now.
And it won't be until he can be assessed by the club's medical department that he'll have a better idea how far off his return will be.
"Over the last few weeks I’ve been upping the strength in my shoulder and just trying to get it back to how it was before, and better than how it was,” he said. “The aim is to come back stronger than before the injury.
"Obviously with the coronavirus and the gyms being shutdown it’s not been ideal but I managed to nick some weights from my dad’s garage and that’s allowed me to do some exercises from home.
"In terms of the leg exercises, you can get to a certain weight but you can’t really do what you’d be doing in a gym.
"I’m feeling good, I can start running now so I’ve been doing that and getting my fitness up and the shoulder is closer to being back to what it should be.
"But obviously times like these there’s a lot more important things going on in the world.”
He added: “Living in a flat is not ideal. I haven’t got a garden to do stuff in but I make do in my living room.
"With the running I go to my local park and do that side of things there and just make it work really.
"Everyone’s in the same boat so you have to get on with it.
"There’s people in a lot worse situations than we are.
"As long as everyone abides by the government restrictions then we’ll be back to normal soon.”
When the squad are able to once again meet up at Boots & Laces Training Ground, Ralph will have a better idea of when he can expect to play again.
"On a personal note, because everything’s been put on hold it’s given me more time to come back and hopefully play some games.
"I’d be confident that I could play a part at some stage if and when the season does continue, so it has helped me in that sense.
"None of us know when we'll be back or not but my job is to get as fit as I can so I’m ready for when we do.
"In terms of joining in with the team I’ll have to see the physio first and then go from there.
"I’ve not been able to see the physio, Ben, so when I go back he’ll go over it and see how it’s looking."