Lewis Page is champing at the bit to return to first-team action after finally lacing up his boots again following a seventh-month spell on the sidelines.
The left-back arrived at The Valley in January, but gained just eight games under his belt before suffering a hamstring injury which would keep him out of the remainder of the campaign and on the physio’s table for much of the summer.
But having returned to training last week, the former West Ham United youngster played 40 minutes of an inter-squad match played behind closed doors at The Valley on Saturday morning and he cannot wait for the chance to prove himself in the first team once again.
“It was great,” he explained.
“I walked out here with a smile on my face. The last seven months have been horrible. It was great to be out there today, running full pelt, and I felt that I did OK, and it was just nice to back out there with the boys.
“I was originally supposed to do 30 minutes but ended up doing 40 in the end so that was a positive,” continued Page.
“I’m playing again on Monday for the U23s so it will be good to be out there again and get another 45 minutes, then maybe the week after do a 75-90 minutes and then I’ll hopefully be back in the mix.
“I haven’t played too many games since I came here so it’s been a hard time. I just hope I can come back, prove myself and be even better than I was before.”
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