By Paul Brown
Marc Albrighton admits it's a "dream" to be back in training.
Albrighton has been out for three months with a stress fracture of his foot.
But the wing wonder returned to the fields of Bodymoor Heath on Sunday as he stepped up his fight for full fitness.
Albrighton says it's been a nightmare being out for so long.
But he says the sight of Gary Gardner being sidelined for the season for a cruciate ligament problem has made him realise it could be a lot worse.
He said: "It's been so frustrating. It's dragged out like it's been years.
"But then you see Gaz coming in with his terrible injury and it puts things into perspective.
"It opens your eyes. It's just a setback, a little knock in reality and nothing to get too down about.
"I will get back on the horse and go again.
"I did it running down the wing in training. I went to pass the ball, changed direction and ended up with a stress fracture in my foot.
"I trained on it for a week because I didn't know I had done anything. It kept getting worse each day and when I went for a scan it came back that I had a stress fracture. It was a bolt from the blue. It was a shock.
"But it's going well now. I started training on Sunday and I did some more training on Tuesday.
"Hopefully I will have a couple of weeks to get sharp and then I can get going again.
"I have been doing full training with the group. I had a few sessions with the fitness coach and the physios previously and it went fine. Touch wood, I'm back now.
"It's a dream to be back. Watching the lads over the last couple of games has been fantastic. But there's nothing like playing.
"There's nothing like getting a kit on and going out to play. It will be nice when I get the chance to do that."
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