It is no surprise that having been out for about five months, the foremost emotion for Enyimba captain Mfon Udoh is relief on his return to first team training.
The road to recovery has not been straightforward for the NPFL goals record holder who five games to the end of the 2017 season, suffered knee ligament damage which ruled him out for the rest of the campaign.
The Nigeria international in a chat with the club's official media channel admitted it was serious enough that he considered his career might be over.
It has been a very difficult period for me, I must confess. Coming from injury, back to training right now. At first, when I had the injury, I thought I was never going to play again, because of the severe nature of the injury.
The People's Elephant pulled through to secure a third-place finish, and have begun the new season in somewhat mixed fashion. For Udoh, the worst part of his injury has been dealing with his inability to do what he loves best.
"Honestly, sometimes, I would wish I could borrow someone's legs to go and play. You can't just stay away. You have a hunger for the game, as a professional, and sometimes staying outside and watching my colleagues play, I thirst for the game. It made me want to come back as quick as I could.
"I have to applaud our medical crew, they have been awesome. From the beginning of the injury, they were there for me, they made sure I underwent all the necessary treatment. I'm so grateful to the players too, who have been supportive." said the skillful forward
Naturally, with the club's highest scorer over the last five seasons now back in training, thoughts will inevitably turn to the possibility of an improvement in Enyimba's scoring fortunes.