AFTER being out injured for almost two months Morton’s Lewis Strapp is raring to go again.

The left-back broke his toe in the final minutes of the Ton’s League Cup clash against Stenhousemuir going in for a 50/50 tackle back in July.

The defender shook it off initially, but after going to hospital the next day it was revealed he had sustained a fracture.

The injury was early in the season and after being fit and getting through pre-season it added further disappointment for the teenager.

It’s an incident he’s played over and over in his head since, but he insists he won’t let it affect his game, and will never shy away from a tackle.

He told the Tele: “I think about it every time my toe is mentioned, I just keep thinking ‘There were only two minutes to go Lewis, why did you do it?’

“But I would rather be 100 per cent every time rather than not. I’ve not been off for too long, that was the main thing.

“After doing the whole of pre-season all that hard work feels like it’s gone straight out of the window.

“When you come back you’re just that bit slower than everyone else, your touch is not quite there.

“It makes it worse when everyone was training away as well, and I’m inside doing stretches.

“It felt fine, they gave me a time of five weeks and then by the third week it felt fine but I wasn’t allowed to go and train, and I was getting fed up of the boot.”

Strapp managed to come out of recent reserve fixtures unscathed, last week playing against Queen of the South and taking on Greenock Juniors in a closed doors friendly on Tuesday.

Strapp hopes he is now firmly in the thoughts of manager Jonatan Johansson when first team selection happens at Tannadice today, when Morton take on Dundee United.

He added: “The toe is all good now and I’m back, I just need to get some game time. I’ve been playing with the reserves and hopefully I’ll get my chance.

“It’s fine, I just need to get on with it now. Even if it is a little bit sore it’s going to be that way and I just need to bear with it.”

However, he will be up against more competition than when he was first out injured.

Previous manager Ray McKinnon brought in left-back Rory McKeown shortly after Strapp’s injury, and the Northern Irishman has started every league game since signing.

As well as Jack Iredale already at the club, it is one of the most competitive positions in the squad.

But with new boss Johansson coming in, Strapp is hoping the latest new arrival works in his favour.

He said: “It was far from ideal that when I got injured they brought in Rory and it’s another left-back and somebody that plays on that side of the pitch that you have to be better than.

“I like the manager, he’s got a younger head on him and he knows how he wants to play, he’s direct and tells you exactly what he wants from you.

“Everyone has a clean slate under him, so hopefully that can work in my favour.”