It has been a long road to recovery for Jonathan Obika, but the Shrimps striker says the way his teammates have been playing has provided him with the motivation to get back from injury sooner than expected.
The 31-year-old suffered a hamstring injury in pre-season and is yet to make his full debut since joining the Club, but after being on the bench in Morecambe’s 1-0 victory over Buxton FC in the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup, Obika is raring to go.
He said: “It has been a tough grind, the first few month I wasn’t really allowed to do too much because I was in the brace, but after I was out of that I started to get moving again.
“I have been getting the strength back in the hamstring and I am probably a few weeks ahead of schedule and it feels really good to be back.
“You want to be involved and it is tough, you know what you can bring to the team but seeing how the lads have started has made me more hungry to get back in the squad, that brought me a lot of motivation.”
The Shrimps are back in league action on Tuesday night as they travel to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland AFC, and Obika says the lads are looking forward to playing in-front of a big crowd.
He added: “That is how this league is, it is full of big teams with big stadiums, you look at the likes of Sunderland and Bolton and you know they have big atmospheres.
“We just have to stand up to it, we have a great squad and a lot of the boys are coming back who have been out through injury and I know they are looking forward to it.
“We know the importance of the league, we have to start strong and try and get something from Tuesday night because that can give us a lot of momentum ahead of the weekend as well.”