Leicester City midfielder Matty James is ready to fight for a spot in the first team after bouncing back from a long-term injury with a successful loan spell at Barnsley.
The 25-year-old ruptured anterior ligaments in May 2015, and only made his return to action in December 2016. Following a single appearance back with the Foxes, James was loaned out to Barnsley in January to get some much needed game time and rebuild his fitness.
As reported in Talksport, speaking to LFCTV, the midfielder was in understandably reflective mood.
"It was a tough time when I went out on loan.
"People look at being a footballer and think it's a high-profile lifestyle. It's not the case at all when you're not playing. You can be a miserable person. For me it was a really bad stage in my life.
"I didn't know what avenue I was going to go down. Looking back on it, I think it's made me a stronger person, a stronger player. Mentally, it's made me stronger in every aspect of life.
"It's a big summer. The last two summers, I've not been able to do much. This time I feel fully fit.
"Hopefully I can have a bit of time off my feet then come back and work hard to make sure I come back as a fit as I can be on the first day of pre-season."