LEE McEVILLY says he is ready to repay Wrexham's faith after returning to training from his injury nightmare.
The 24-year-old Dragons striker has been back in light training this week and is targeting December for his first-team comeback.
McEvilly, who has not played this term after breaking a bone in his foot for the third time in pre-season, says he “owes something” to the club after re-signing following the collapse of a move to Bradford in the summer.
“People have given me stick about that,” said the striker. “But I hope people believe that I just wanted to better myself. It didn’t come off and I’m here now, and I think I owe Wrexham something for sticking by me for eight months after my first break.”
McEvilly expects to step up his rehabilitation in a month’s time, and is targeting playing for the reserves in around eight weeks.
He said: “It’s coming on spot-on to be fair. I’m hoping to be back before Christmas – maybe even early December, fingers-crossed. I’ve been in doing boxercise, skipping and things like that, and there’s been no reaction so far.
“In a week or two I’ll be starting off light running and then going on to hard running, and eight weeks from now hopefully I’ll be able to take part in some reserve games.”
He added, however, he isn’t rushing back too soon as he aims for a full recovery. “Because it’s the third time I don’t want to shorten my time,” he said. “But we’ll see what happens.”
McEvilly added it was frustrating to have picked up the injury so soon after re-signing for the Dragons.
“After breaking it and coming back, and breaking it again and coming back again, and then breaking it again, my first impression when I come back is going to be ‘when will I break it again?’
“But I don’t think that will happen this time. The specialist says there’s no unusual movement in the foot as there was before and I’ve got the green light for everything now. I’ll be a bit scared for the first month or so back in training but after that I’ll be fine.”
He backed fellow strikers Neil Roberts and Chris Llewellyn to make an impression at the Racecourse on Saturday as Wrexham return to league action against MK Dons, managed by Martin Allen.
Roberts is expected back from an ankle injury while Llewellyn will return to training with Wrexham today after his involvement in the Wales squad for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Slovakia and Cyprus.
“Neil gives us a good presence and he works his socks off, as does Chris Llewellyn, and with those two we’ll always create chances,” he said.
“MK Dons are a big team and Martin Allen will get them up for it,” McEvilly added. “But like us they’re a bit hot and cold at the moment – we’ve had good results like at home against Swindon, but then we’ve been defeated by Accrington and Stockport and then gone on to get a good result in the Carling Cup against Birmingham in the 90 minutes (the match was 1-1 at full time but Birmingham eventually won 4-1).
“But I don’t think many teams will beat us at home. I think the gaffer will get the lads going, and if we can get ourselves back in the top six then if we do lose games we won’t drop so far.”