By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
United starlet Sammy Ameobi is relishing the hard slog of regaining full fitness, having been sidelined for nearly four months by a knee injury.
That big, familiar grin is back on the 20-year-old's Academy graduate's face after returning to training with the rest of the first team squad last week.
Ameobi has been out of action since suffering a knee injury while playing for the Reserves in January, and despite admitting he is finding the going tough so far, he is loving being part of the main group once more at Newcastle's Benton-based Training Centre.
"I'm so glad I'm back," the forward, with 13 first team appearances to his name this season, told nufc.co.uk.
"It's been three-and-a-half months - a tough time and a long injury. But I've worked hard, finally got here back into training and it is now a case of working back to full fitness.
"I'm quite unfit but I'm getting there! Even though it's difficult, I'm quite looking forward to the next few weeks, getting back to fitness and just training every day again is a great feeling.
"I'm looking forward to getting back into action, whenever that will be, and I'm just looking forward to every day at the training ground..
"The boys have been unbelievable over the last few months while I've been out, and even if I was fit it would be tough to be in the team anyway. But I will keep working hard because I want to be a part of it again. I've had a taste of the first team and I want more of that."