Cheltenham Town video: Cureton ready to start all over again after injury woe
FOR Jamie Cureton tomorrow's match at Torquay United will feel like the start of the season all over again.
The 38-year-old striker is expected to be among the Robins' substitutes at Plainmoor after regaining fitness after a dislocated shoulder followed by a calf strain.
He has played only 18 competitive minutes this term, scoring Cheltenham's first goal of the season against Burton Albion on the opening day before the awkward landing which spoilt his debut.
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He was back on the bench for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round tie against Plymouth Argyle on September 3, but the calf problem kept him out of the matches against Portsmouth and Oxford.
"Football wise, 18 minutes is not a lot so the boys here and the fans have not seen much of me so it's almost like starting all over again," Cureton said.
"It's been a frustrating time for me, but I am just eager to get going now and there is still plenty of time to have a good season.
"If having this blip at the start means I stay fit for the rest of the year, I'll be happy with that."
With Byron Harrison and Terry Gornell both on target against Oxford in last week's 2-2 draw, Cureton may have to bide his time for a start, but he knows competition for place up front can only be healthy for boss Mark Yates.
"It was the best I've seen Terry and Byron play last week and they both deserved their goals," Cureton said.
"It's down to me to try and get back into the team now, but we all want that competition and it's never good to be overly sure of your place.
"We can all push each other on and score the goals to get us up the table.
"The manager knows I am eager, but I imagine I'll be eased back into the side as a sub.
"I feel good and the shoulder is fine so I consider myself fit, but it's the manager's decision when he uses me."
Former Exeter poacher Cureton is expecting plenty of stick from their Devon rivals Torquay tomorrow.
"I'll take that as long as we come away with three points!" he said.
Cureton's goal against Burton was his 248th career strike.
He is keen to pass the 250 mark as quickly as he can.
"That landmark is in the back of my mind and I should have passed it by now really," he said. "But it will just be great to be involved in first team action again and I can't wait."