Chuks Aneke is back and the MK Dons attacker is eager to make up for lost time.
Aneke, who shone during his debut campaign at Stadium MK, made his long-awaited comeback in last weekend’s win at Bury before returning to the starting XI for the Checkatrade Trophy tie with Stevenage on Tuesday.
“I was itching to get out there after seven months out with my injury,” he said in the aftermath of the tie with Boro – his first competitive start in over seven months.
“I've done a lot of work in the gym and with the physios, so it was just a good feeling to be back out there.
“I got 45 minutes (against Stevenage) and I felt good out. It wasn’t a league game so it was lacking in intensity but it has put me in good stead – it's all positive.”
He continued: “(Getting injured) was a bitter pill to swallow but I've come through it again. I've got my head down and I've got the whole season ahead of me to look forward to.
“I just want to be fit and on the pitch instead of in the treatment room. If I stay fit, I know I’ll produce good moments – goals and assists.
“I'm not really aiming for anything I'm just trying to take every game as it comes and fingers crossed I can stay fit.”
Aneke has been watching on as the Dons have fought their way through a difficult opening month to now be sitting just two points adrift of the play-off places in Sky Bet League One.
They have the chance this weekend against Bradford City to make it four wins from five and potentially move into those top six positions – Aneke believes the squad has the quality to do just that.
“We've got good quality and good players in good areas. I can see the team gelling and clicking. I'm just happy to be in the fold now and I'll push myself to get some goals and help the team.”