Rarely has the return of one player been so highly anticipated. But there will be huge excitement at Prenton Park tonight when Ben Tollitt makes his long-awaited return from a seven month injury lay off.
The winger has been out of action since damaging his cruciate knee ligaments against Boreham Wood on February 21.
But after plenty of hard work and rehab, he is set to feature against Leyton Orient in the National League tonight.
“I’m buzzing,” he said. “My last game was in February, and I can’t even remember what I was doing in February it seems so long ago!
“I’m so excited. On a scale of ten, I’m a twenty! Double it! Honestly, I can’t wait.”
Tollitt only joined Tranmere a year ago, initially arriving on loan from Portsmouth before making the move permanent in December.
And it did not take him long to show fans what he was capable of.
A big Liverpool fan who played Non League football for Widnes and Skelmesdale before being picked up by Pompey, he scored a stunning goal against Dover in his fifth game for the club.
A further five followed, including more screamers against Gateshead and more notably Woking, grabbing the attention of several clubs much higher up the pyramid.
His injury severely damaged Tranmere’s promotion hopes though, and left the 22-year-old in tears as his dream of playing at Wembley was shattered.
“I just cut inside on my right foot, had a shot and my studs got stuck in the ground,” he continued.
“My body went the other way, my knee just went on me. I tried to play on and didn’t feel that bad, but the next day the physio told me I’d be out for the length of time I’ve been out for.
“I was crying on the phone. I ended up having an operation. I can’t thank my surgeon Peter Gallagher and my physio Dai enough.
“They’ve been unbelievable. So has Beth, the other physio at Tranmere.
“I’m telling you now, I’m stronger; mentally and physically. As an athlete, I’m far better than I was before.
“I’m so hungry for it. I want to make up for lost time. A couple of things could have happened for me, and when I’m back, I want to make sure they still happen.”
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