Celtic defender Saidy Janko has told the Scottish Sun that he is ready to start playing regular football again after missing four months of the season through injury, and has admitted his relief at returning to fitness.
The 20-year-old right-sided player suffered a serious knee injury in early October and has only returned to full training this week after missing 27 matches.
The former Manchester United youngster had been a regular in Ronny Deila's side in the early stages of the season before being ruled out, and he admitted that the long-term absence has made him appreciate playing football more than ever before.
He told the Sun: "I’m feeling really positive. I just love being back on the pitch, even if I’m just running. It was the hardest four or five months in my life. I’ve never been seriously injured before so when you come back you really appreciate the football.
"Thankfully I had my family, my girlfriend, and the other players as well who were great. They all helped me, told me to keep my head up and that I’d get there eventually and that’s what has kept me going.
"The relief of getting back out is unbelievable. You can’t replace that feeling. There have been players out for a lot longer than me and I couldn’t imagine what it’d be like for them. Injury is the worst for a player but I’m so glad to be coming back."
Janko joined Celtic in the summer from United, for whom he made just a single competitive senior appearance in the Capital One Cup.
The right-back spent the last three months of last season on loan at Championship strugglers Bolton Wanderers, but chose to move north of the border at the end of the campaign.
His return will be a boost for Deila as Celtic look to extend their lead over Aberdeen at the top of the Scottish Premier League.