Rotherham United midfielder Jamie Lindsay has returned to light training on the grass this week as he eyes a first team return following an injury lay-off which has kept him out of action since the club’s pre-season trip to Spain.
The combative Scotsman has been kept on the sidelines by an Achilles problem which he picked up prior to 2023/24 campaign kicking off but having almost completed a lengthy rehabilitation programme, is edging closer to being available for selection to boss Matt Taylor.
Lindsay, who is a self-confessed ‘bad watcher’ is desperate to return to the action to try and help steer his team back to the right side of the Sky Bet Championship drop zone line, having fought hard to keep the club in the second tier last season.
No timeframe has been set for the 28-year-old to be back in a Millers kit, although his absence is now likely to be more like days than weeks.
“It has been a long time and it is great to be back on the grass pain free and stepping up my rehab ahead of a return to the fold,” Lindsay told www.themillers.co.uk.
“It has been really tough for me on a personal level, because I hate not being out there. If you ask the physios, they’ll probably say that they’re delighted to see me out of their sight!"
“I’ve had so many days in the gym and because of that, it has made me appreciate it even more getting the opportunity to be back out there with the lads.”
The effervescent operator knows just what it means for Rotherham United to be competing at Sky Bet Championship level having endured relegation from the division previously, only to finally be a part of a group last season which kept its head above water.
Keen to make another telling contribution following his – hopefully relatively imminent – return to action, the Rutherglen-born midfielder stressed his desire to quite literally hit the ground running upon his re-acclimatisation to first team football.
“I know how hard it is for us in this division and last season I felt like we all put so much into it to make sure we survived,” Lindsay continued.
“I keep saying it, but I’m now looking forward to getting myself to the best physical shape possible and giving it everything."
“For me, surviving last year was probably an even better feeling that the two promotions I’ve had here.
“It was one of the best feelings I’ve had in football, because I know how hard it was. We had a lot of ups and downs, but it was worth it at the end of the year.
“We all want that feeling again. We’ve been through a bit of a tough time of late, but the important thing for us all is to stick together.”