It's a been a long, patient wait but the towering defender is now glad to be back on the pitch and doing what he does best.
Tomas Egert joined in the summer still battling back from an ACL injury, but after being given the support of the club he is ready to repay the confidence shown in him that has allowed his career in English football to continue.
"I feel good, but obviously I've had three games in the last week so after nine months it's difficult to come back but I'm looking after myself, trying to take care and I feel good which is the most important."
Playing a combined 170 minutes in his last two outings, the 25 year-old is enjoying his time back on the pitch.
"It was amazing, the fans were brilliant to be fair. I enjoyed myself and was looking forward to the game anyway.
"Unfortunately we didn't win but at least we got a point, I enjoyed the game and I'm looking forward to getting more games now."
He added: "Obviously the game on Saturday we got a point and the game on Tuesday wasn't that good.
"Yeah I'm tired but I got through it, I'm not injured, this is the most important. I feel good and can go to another game, which is Mansfield.
Coming to Boundary Park with some experience of the Championship with Burton. The centre-back's determination to get back to action in better shape will hopefully mean Latics benefit with a strong defensive partnership going forwards.
But for now Egert is happy to take it step-by-step and keep improving physically as well as mentally.
"It's getting better from game-to-game obviously, but it's still not 100%. I know I can be better in a month to the level that I am at now."
Whilst he completed his first full 90-minutes in an Oldham shirt in the week, which was a big confident boost personally, the Czech defender wants to help the team respond quickly with a positive result at the weekend.
"As a team we're looking forward to putting things right as on Tuesday it was like a little bit of bad luck.
"The first goal was an amazing goal from a set piece, the bad luck penalty from Tom and then playing with ten-men it's difficult to do something in the second-half.
"So we've got to try and get a positive result, hopefully with win at Mansfield. Everyone wants to work hard and get the best possible result and I think we can win.
"I've never played against them before but we'll watch them using a few clips and hopefully we will win on Saturday."