James Wallace insists he is mentally stronger after making his latest comeback from injury for Sheffield United on Tuesday night.
Wallace, who has been restricted to three league appearances for United this season, made just his 11th start since arriving at Bramall Lane last June as Nigel Adkins’ side tumbled out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on penalties at Fleetwood Town.
And the former Tranmere Rovers midfielder said: “It was nice to get out there and get 70 minutes under my belt, which is good from a personal point of view.
“But obviously, I’m disappointed how it ended. Going off was more a precaution on my part; I don’t think I’m quite ready to play 90 minutes just yet, as I only had a week or 10 days of training before the game.
“But I felt a bit of cramp and that was it, really; no serious effects or anything, which was pleasing.”
“Last year, I was a little apprehensive going out on the pitch because of the injuries,” Wallace added.
“But this year, I feel a lot stronger mentally. My training availability, compared to last year, is up, too, which is good and I feel more up to playing 90 minute games.
“As I say, I am mentally stronger and I feel good physically, too, which is pleasing.”
United return to League One action this weekend, when they face Southend at Bramall Lane.