Ryan Edwards is determined to put his early season injury frustration behind him and help Morecambe carry on their fine start to the campaign.
The giant central defender arrived from Blackburn Rovers on a two-year deal in the summer after a successful loan spell but suffered a multiple fracture of his left ring finger in a friendly at Burscough.
The bizarre injury meant he missed the first month of the season before returning in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win at Fleetwood on Tuesday night.
The 20-year-old said: “I just remember hitting the floor and going to fix my sock and seeing it.
“I didn’t feel it. It was just more of a shock and I went to see the specialist the next day and he told me how bad it was. It was one of the worst he’d seen.
“It was fractured in six places and dislocated. At first I thought I’d miss a game and not this long but they’re the experts.
“I bet all the fans were speaking to each other saying why he’s missing so long, it’s only a finger? “I agree and that’s what I thought at first but they’re called the specialists for a reason.
“I didn’t think I’d be missing for this long at all and it was frustrating. I’m just happy it’s out of the way.”
Edwards returned to a successful Shrimps side at Highbury on Tuesday but went off in the second half with cramp.
He’s confident however he’ll be ready to face Cheltenham at the Globe Arena on Saturday.
Edwards said: “Not many people expected us to go there and end up comfortably winning.
“The first 20 (minutes) it was hard to get in to the game.
“They passed it about well and were hard to deal with. But as the game went on we got more into and got a comfortable win against our rivals.
“I just tightened up a bit because I haven’t played for a while. With the hand injury I’ve missed a good few weeks and it was my first game back.
“The main injury was fine, there was no problem with it. I wasn’t expecting to have my best game, it was just about easing myself back in, and I’ll be fine for Saturday and ready to go again.”
If selected Edwards is ready for a tough game against the Robins as third hosts second in League 2.
He said: “They’re always hard to play against Cheltenham.
“They’re always up there, they’ve got a good manager and will give us a good game.
“But they way we’ve been playing recently I’m sure they’ll be fearing coming here.”