Robert Page returns to the Coventry City line-up against Luton tomorrow itching to get straight back into the fray.
So important is his experience and personality to the Sky Blues side that the Wales international defender is likely to start at the Ricoh Arena, rather than occupy a slot on the bench.
If scoring goals remains a weakness for Coventry, leaking them at the other end is proving more costly.
Micky Adams, the Sky Blues manager, has been so incensed with his players' failure to successfully deal with set-pieces that he has been drilling the message into the squad during rigorous sessions on the training pitch.
After a 2-2 draw at Ipswich and Sunday's 2-1 defeat to Leicester at the Walkers Stadium, Page's return comes at an important time. He has missed the last four matches through injury and suspension.
"It's been difficult but, if there's a time to be suspended, then it's when you are injured," said Page. "I've had time to get myself right and I'm raring and ready to go if selected for Saturday's game.
"I'm not the best at watching games when I'm out. Luckily, the last couple of games have been away from home so it hasn't been too bad."
Page, at 31, is a relative veteran in the Sky Blues side and players and management look to him for inspiring performances.
Adrian Heath, Adams' assistant manager, said yesterday: "He is a current international and that brings a lot of experience and personality to the team. He is a leader of people."
Page is keen to match the heavy expectations laid on his shoulders.
"It's going to be good to be back at home on Saturday and the crowd have been great this season turning up in their numbers, as they did against Crystal Palace in our last game at the Ricoh," he said.
"I know at every club they say that the supporters can be like a 12th man and it's true, they can give the lads a real lift when they are behind us and I can't wait to just get back out there and experience the atmosphere again."
On-loan midfielder Willo Flood has returned to Manchester City, after sustaining an injury that will keep him out for at least two weeks.
The 20-year-old Republic of Ireland U-21 international joined Coventry in August and made a total of eight appearances, scoring in the 3-2 home win over Watford.