George Baldock felt like the world was against him when he hobbled off against Bristol City back in September.
Baldock suffered ankle ligament damage after 10 minutes at Ashton Gate, but played on until the 67th minute. He hasn’t played since.
With regular right-back Lee Hodson out for an estimated three months, many would forgive Baldock for ruing a missed opportunity, and that’s exactly how he felt.
“Everyone wants their chance in the team,” he said. “They don’t want their opposite number getting injured, and we’d all prefer to impress the manager by what we do in training.
“I felt that the world was against me, with the timing. I felt I was in good form and was beginning to make that position my own. I’d had a good spell.”
But six weeks have now passed, and the 20-year-old is out of the protective boot and with a day of first team training back under his belt, Baldock is chomping at the bit to get back out on the playing field.
He said: “I’m fortunate that in the spell I’ve been injured, there have been two games postponed, so from a selfish point of view, I haven’t missed those!
“I’m just keen to get going and fight for my place again.”
Watching from the sidelines, it has been a frustrating time for Baldock in recent weeks, but he has enjoyed what he has seen out on the pitch.
But despite his age, Baldock has been around stadium:mk for a long time, and knows not to take their current league position for granted.
He si ad: “We’re scaring teams this year. Not many expected us to be this strong.
“Every manager would prefer to be under the radar, but when you’re playing so well, it’s hard to do that.
“We’ve only got ourselves to blame really!
“People look at Bristol Rovers and think they’re strong, and they should be because they’ve spent a lot of money. But we’ve done it on a budget.
“But we’ve started well before and we’ve slipped off.
“People like myself, Dean Lewington, Darren Potter, David Martin - we know not to get ahead of ourselves, because we’ve been in this position before and totally messed it up.”