Matty Fryatt admits he’s been more of a Hull City fan than a Hull City player for the last eight months, after surgery on his Achilles left him to watch the Tigers’ promotion charge from the stands. But with his road to recovery almost at an end, the striker is itching to get back out onto the pitch to try and help his colleagues over the finishing line.
When Fryatt went under the knife back in October, it seemed that his season had come to an end with a solitary appearance against Rotherham United in the Capital One Cup the only mark on his appearance column.
Surgery was always the last option. The 27-year-old tried several times to get by on injections, but having broken down in training each time, an operation became inevitable and playing any type of football before next July seemed unfeasible.
However, under the guidance of the club’s expert medical staff, Fryatt has come through his rehabilitation with flying colours and is now threatening a first team return in the closing weeks of the season.
“I think I probably need another couple of weeks in training,” Fryatt told www.hullcityafc.net
“After that, if the manager feels that he can put me on the bench or use me in some sort of cameo role I’d be delighted.
“To be honest, I’m just taking it one day at a time but hopefully in the next couple of weeks I can put myself up for selection.
“I haven’t looked at the fixtures because having initially thought that I wouldn’t be back this season, just being able to contribute or play a role would be pleasing.
“To be fair, as long as the team stays on course and hopefully achieves promotion, then whether I play or not doesn’t really concern me. I’ll be there to support the team whatever happens.
“I’ve spent the last eight or nine months being a fan, watching the team play or watching the results come in when I haven’t been at the game. The boys have done tremendously well to get us into the position that we’re in and hopefully we can see it through in these remaining games.”
Fryatt returned to full training just short of a fortnight ago and has been quick to show the kind of deadly finishing that saw him end the 2011/12 season as the club’s top scorer.
Although delighted to be back out on the park with the rest of the squad, the former Walsall striker admits it has been hard getting back up to speed.
“It feels really good to be back in training because obviously it has been a long time since I’ve done any of that work,” added Fryatt.
“I can feel the fitness and sharpness gradually coming back. It is difficult though because the rest of the lads have been playing a lot of games and are fully match fit, whereas I’ve come into it having done virtually nothing all season.
“Essentially I’m having to try and do a pre-season now and then try and look reasonable compared to the lads that have been flying, so it is difficult from that respect.
“But the main thing is that I can see light at the end of the tunnel and I feel as though I’m nearly there.”
All that really remains now is for Fryatt to get back out onto the KC Stadium pitch and the striker would be delighted to play some part in the closing weeks.
“It would be great to get a few minutes under my belt, even if it didn’t happen until the last game,” says Fryatt.
“From a personal point of view, I’ve really got to write this season off. But the team have still got a lot to play for and it would be massive if we could see it through to the end.
“Like I said earlier, I’ve been more of a fan than anything else this season and whatever happens, I’ll be here to support the lads.”