Academy product Sean Whaler has stepped up his return to full fitness following seven and a half months out injured with a broken leg.
Whaler suffered the injury during a loan spell at Banbury United last season but after a long rehabilitation, he is now back in training and says he is feeling good.
"It's a great feeling to be back amongst it, after seven and a half months it takes a while to get back up to speed but it's good to finally be back in training," he admitted.
"I was on loan with Banbury at the time, I'd just come on to the pitch and the first time I received the ball I went to shoot with my left foot and ended up snapping my standing leg. I heard my leg crack three times so I knew it was serious straight away.
"The loan experiences for a young player are definitely important and I really enjoyed it up until the injury. I also had a loan spell at AFC Mansfield and that really improved my game. I was playing there week in week out and was ready to step up a couple of levels with Banbury."
Despite not being able to train for such a large period of time, Whaler followed a strict and challenging rehabilitation programme, overseen by first-team fitness coach Pablo Garcia and Head Physiotherapist Nacho Herrando.
"The work with Nacho and Pablo has been massively important and we have a really good relationship. They've helped me out a lot with my recovery and rehabilitation. I'm training with the youth team now for a couple of weeks to help my fitness and get my sharpness back up. Then the next aim is to get back into training with the first-team and earn a chance to try and prove myself."
You can read the full interview with Sean in the Cambridge United programme later this month.