After six months without a game under his belt, Michael Rose finally made his return to action last night against Solihull Moors.
It was a fantastic season for the Scot, as he established himself as a first team regular after joining from Ayr and played a pivotal role in guiding City back into the Championship.
The centre-back was given 60 minutes against Solihull Moors on Tuesday night and he revealed how he was ‘buzzing’ to be back out on the grass in Sky Blue.
“It felt good.” Rose said.
“Obviously it’s about getting some cobwebs out the legs and it was a good exercise for us and I’m delighted to be back because it’s been a long six months.
“I was buzzing when I was back out there because that’s all I want to do, play games and to not have that feeling for a while is hard, but now I’m buzzing to be back.”
Rose has had to watch on from the side-lines at the Sky Blue Lodge in recent weeks, as he recovered from a hip injury.
As his teammates returned from the suspension of football, Rose has been regaining his fitness ahead of the new season.
“It was frustrating watching pre-season because for me it’s so important to get that work in for the start of a new season, but also its been ok because the injury I had at that time, I haven’t missed much football.
“I’m back fit before the start of the season and like I said I haven’t missed that much really so it’s almost a positive and a negative in a way.
“I’ve felt good in training and I’ve felt fit, but a game is completely different and it was a tough game for us against Solihull, but it was good to get minutes in the legs.
“I probably need a few more minutes for match fitness but if the manager wants to select me then I’m ready to play and I will do as well as I can.”
It has been a long since six months with everything happening in the world since Michael was wearing Sky Blue in their last fixture against Ipswich Town.
However, with all other members of the Sky Blues squad being in lockdown during the start of his road to recovery back in May/June, he told how it doesn’t feel as long as it has been for a return to action.
“It was a bit strange because we’ve had lockdown and it probably hasn’t felt as long as it has been because we were all in the same boat for a while.
“But, I’ll probably feel it in my legs tomorrow after tonight!”