On-loan Walsall winger Steve Jones returned to training today after a month on the sidelines vowing to win back his place in the first-team.
The 34-year-old tweaked a hamstring against Rangers back in February, stalling what looked like a promising start to his Motherwell career.
However, after coming through a tough session at Dalziel Park today, Jones has one eye on this Sunday’s Scottish Cup Quarter Final at Tannadice.
“It’s pleasing to be back after a frustrating time with injury,” the 29 times capped Northern Irish winger said.
“It’s a long few weeks when you are rehabbing on your own in the gym, but I trained for the first time today and it felt good. If things are as positive in the next few days, I am hoping to be in contention for the Dundee Utd game on Sunday.
“To get an injury when you are a professional footballer is terrible but picking one up so soon after joining a new team is horrible luck. But I am back up and running now and I am keen to get back into the team and try and have an impact in the last ten games of the season. I’m just itching to kick the ball again!”
Jones feels he has some unfinished business in Cup competitions this year after suffering mixed emotions so soon into his spell at Fir Park.
He was a late substitute in the Co-operative Insurance Cup Semi Final when Rangers scraped past Stuart McCall’s men thanks to a late goal from Steven Naismith.
However, he was on the score sheet at Stranraer, helping ‘Well book their place in this round, and he hopes he can repeat that feat this weekend.
“I may only make the bench but if that is the case, then maybe I’ll get on and score the winner,” he smiled.
“But seriously, it’s a big game for us. I know what the Scottish Cup means to the fans and the people of Motherwell. If we perform to the best of our capabilities, I think we can win. Dundee Utd are a good side and we’ll need to be at our best but we are going there looking to progress.
“Those ten minutes at Hampden gave me a taste of it and I am desperate to get back there.”