Michael Collins eager to make up for lost time at Scunthorpe United - says boss Alan Knill
Scunthorpe United boss Alan Knill has backed midfielder Michael Collins to fully recover from the injury which has sidelined him for the past year.
The former Huddersfield Town man has been out of action with a torn Achilles and tendinopathy, but finally seems close to making a comeback.
Knill only got the briefest of glimpses of Collins before the problem struck, but has been particularly impressed by his attitude.
"Michael Collins is more or less back, I think," said the Iron manager.
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"He went to London yesterday and was expecting the all clear to start stepping up his training. I think it's going to be only a couple of weeks before he's fully back.
"When you watch him work, he's like a beast in the gym. He looks so determined. Obviously he's making up for lost time.
"He has a desire about him to get back. I think he wants to prove to everybody that the player we signed from Huddersfield for quite a lot of money is there.
"When I first came, he played and did quite well for us. I remember at Coventry, he did really well; him and Togs (Sam Togwell) played centre mid and did really well.
"I'm quite sure he will come back with an attitude of making up for lost time.
"And he's an asset for us.
"It is like signing a new player. And with Damien Mozika coming back, it will be like signing a new player. I'm looking forward to it.
"I just see something in him (Collins), he's really determined to make an impression, and we hope he does.
"People forget quickly when players are missing for a year, they forget about what they did before that."
United had hoped to play a friendly game today to aid Paul Reid's recovery from a broken hand, but they have been unable to do so.
Nevertheless, Knill says he expects Reid and Callum Kennedy (fractured toe) to come into contention for Saturday's trip to Portsmouth.
"We were supposed to have a game today but the weather's intervened on that," he explained.
"We've had a game at the training ground between ourselves to try to get 90 minutes into them. Both trained yesterday and both looked fit.
"We've just had a little bit of sickness running through the club.
"Last week we had sickness and diarrhea and it's no different this week.
"A couple of players have been off, but when the players and some of the staff had it last week, it was a day and then the following day they'd be okay.
"We're hopeful that will be the case again."