Sky Blues captain Liam Kelly was happy to make his return to action yesterday, when he lined-up for the Under-21s in their defeat to Sheffield United.
Kelly played the 45 minutes he was scheduled to take part in and came through that, as he took that next step in his return to first team action.
After almost three months on the sidelines, the midfielder told how good it felt to be back playing football again.
“I was happy to get 45 minutes.” Kelly said.
“I felt fine, the game was just about the 45 minutes and it’s just something different to training.
“As I said, it feels nice to get back out there and hopefully the injury is behind me now.”
Kelly suffered that injury back in pre-season away against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium, being withdrawn after just ten minutes.
The club captain spoke of his frustration at not being involved over the opening months of the season but is ready to come back into the fold.
“It’s taken longer than what it would normally take with it being a recurrence, but I feel good and strong.
“I’ve worked really hard over the last 12 weeks to get myself to this point so now I’m just looking forward to getting back to first team football.
“It’s been frustrating because you want to play a part in the first team and help them get back up the table where we belong and where we should be.
“And that’s my aim now, to come back and help the team and get three points on a weekend and a Tuesday or Wednesday night and I’m looking forward to playing my part.”
The midfielder has been back in training for the last week or so, with the development game on Tuesday being the next step in his return.
Kelly now has his eyes set on his next target of being involved with the first team in a matchday squad and luckily for the midfielder, there are plenty of games coming up in the next few weeks.
“I’ve been back in training for a couple of weeks now which is good, so I just need to try and get myself fit and be ready for the first team games now.
“I want to get back involved with the first team and get in the matchday squad now and get playing first team football again, that’s the next step and I don’t think I’m very far away now.
“Between me and Cal (Callum O’Hare), it’s unfortunate we’ve been injured, but the plus side is that there’s a lot of games for us to be available for now before the World Cup break.
“We would have liked to have played those games in the past, but there’s a big block of fixtures coming up and it gives us a chance to be fit and available and play a part in them.”