MIDFIELDER Scott Brown hopes that his injury problems are now behind him as he sets his sights on a return to first team action within the coming weeks.
The 30-year-old said that it is now only a matter of time before he returns to the first team picture after missing the first few weeks of the season with a floating bone in his ankle.
Speaking to Radio Humberside, he said: ''Obviously I've had the operation and am back in full training now.
''There are obviously little niggles in there but as I get stronger and get a bit of strength in it, that'll fall away.''
It has been somewhat of a saga for Brown, who first felt a problem in his ankle before pre-season training had begun. However, at first, it was something that was difficult to diagnose.
''Basically, on the Sunday before I started training, I had gone out on a run back home and I was getting a little bit of fitness in before we went back,'' said the former Fleetwood Town and York City midfielder.
''I felt fine getting back in on the Sunday night and even said to my girlfriend that night that I felt really good going back into football but then on the Monday, I just couldn't put any weight on it at all.
''So, I had an X-Ray, went back to training and couldn't really get going so then had an CT scan and an MRI scan but nothing really showed on there.''
Following half an hour against Cleethorpes Town in the opening game of pre-season, which remains his only action of the campaign so far, Brown sought advice from a specialist in order to finally try and get to the bottom of the issue.
He said: ''It was obviously frustrating, the season was about to start and obviously I knew I wouldn't be ready to play in their first couple of games so the decision was to go and see a specialist.
''I went to see him and he found that there was a bit of bone floating around in my gutter causing the problem so I saw him on the Monday before having the operation on the Wednesday.
After a difficult couple of months, the midfielder revealed that he is finally back on the mend and despite missing the trip to his former club Southport on Saturday, he is now slowly getting back to where he needs to be.
He said: ''I'm back in full training now so it's just a matter of time of building my fitness up.
''This has been my first full week so obviously the main thing now is fitness but you only get your main fitness through playing games.
Asked if he has set any target for a return, Brown said that this he is just taking things one day at a time at this moment.
''I just want to be confident in the ankle itself, to know that I can do all my twists, turns and tackles without there being pain or anything like that.
''Once I'm at that stage in myself then I'll be ready to play and come straight in because like I said, you only get fitness through playing games.
''I'll just take each day as it comes and once the gaffer feels that it's right to put me in it, you'll know I'm ready.''