MORTON attacker Cameron Salkeld is desperate to put 10 months of misery behind him as soon as the big kick-off comes next month.

The English frontman injured his thigh in December, which caused him to miss nearly three months of action.

He was due to return to action in the ill-fated game against Dundee United before Covid-19 forced Scottish football into a six-month hiatus, ultimately postponing his long awaited return.

Salkeld is chomping at the bit to get stuck back in when the new season begins in a few weeks time.

He told the Tele: “It’s been great to be back, the last couple of weeks have been a long time coming.

“I’ve been waiting ages to be back playing.

"After my injury and then the lockdown it’s been great to be back out at Parklea with a ball with the rest of the lads.

"It’s crazy to think that we’re just under a month until being back in action.

“I got injured in December and I was supposed to be back for the middle of March, but here we are in September and I’ve still not been able to play because of the lockdown - it’s been a nightmare.

“It’s going to be nine or ten months without a game and that's not ideal.

"When I get back out on the park I’ll be the happiest man in Greenock because it’s been a long time coming.

“I reckon the next month will fly by and before we know it we’ll be back.

“I think everyone’s looking forward to it, the fans are too so you can be sure that we’ll be ready for it.”

The 21-year-old has relished being back in training and believes that all the miles put in over the course of pre-season will stand the squad in good stead.

Salkeld said: “I’ve really enjoyed being back even though it’s been a tough couple of weeks so far.

"But I think it needed to be that way though, especially after such a long lay-off.

“If we start off by going through the motions then the season will quickly pass us by, so we can't afford to take things easily and that’s the message that the gaffer has been getting across to us from day one, the season starts now.

“He’s right - it started the second we came back and had our induction.

“It doesn’t start when we play our first game on the sixth of October against Queen of the South, it’s now.

“We need to prepare properly and be able to run teams ragged come the kick-off.”