Midfielder Jordan Lyden is raring to go after being delayed his first bit of action for Oldham Athletic after picking up a thigh injury following his loan move from Aston Villa.
The Australian missed the whole of September with the injury but having recovered he’s now ready to show the Latics fans what he can do.
“It was disappointing to pick up that injury, it was my second training session, so it was unfortunate especially since I thought I was doing well, but now I'm fully fit and raring to go against Bradford.” He said.
“I'm fully recovered, so hopefully I can get past all these injuries now, push on and get some games under my belt.”
Despite being out injured, Lyden says he has settled down quickly with the help of his teammates and the staff around Boundary Park.
“I was nervous to start with because it was my first loan spell away from Aston Villa, but there's a great bunch of lads here and the first thing I noticed was the positivity around the place.” He commented.
“It's a family club which you couldn't ask for more, so they've welcomed me really well, I've settled in and I'm happy just to be playing my football again.”
He is also enjoying working with Frankie Bunn, especially being back in training with the Latics manager.
“It's been really good working with the gaffer, he's similar to the old manager at Villa, Steve Bruce and the U23 manager Kevin McDonald, he's quite old school and you know what you get from him.
“He gets stuck in at training which is what the players need, I feel you can't always give them a pat on the shoulder, but when they do need it he knows when to do it.”
Bunn confirmed in his press conference before the Carlisle United fixture that Lyden would play some part in the Checkatrade Trophy match with Bradford City.
The Aston Villa loanee says he is looking forward to making his Latics debut in a vitally important game in terms of the competition for Oldham after losing the opening game narrowly to Barnsley.
“I can't wait, I'm raring to go, this injury held me back for a bit, so I've taken longer on my road to recovery, but now I'm fully fit and can't wait to be out there.
“There's a lot to play for, I felt we more than deserved at least a point against Barnsley, once again we're playing a higher opposition team away from home, so we'll see what happens.
“It’s a case of each game to their own, they may rest players you never know, but it’s a must win game for both of us since we lost to Barnsley, so we need this to get us going in the competition.”